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Interesting page – WWI books

October 10, 2012

Just thinking how the centenary of WWI is fast approaching… this is on the Auckland City Libraries blog:

“World War I

List created by Teens Team on 13 February 2009
 Acknowledge the sacrifices of our ancestors on Anzac Day with books about the First World War and its aftermath. Recommended for ages 13+.

A rose for the Anzac boys by Jackie French

The story starts in 1915. Midge Macpherson is at school in England, having been sent there from New Zealand after her father’s death. Her brothers are both serving in the war; her younger brother was last heard of at the Gallipoli campaign earlier that year. Her cousins are serving in the British army. Keen to ‘do their bit’ for the war effort, Midge and her school friends, Ethel and Anne, start up a canteen behind the front in France. Anne, daughter of English aristocracy, can’t wait to escape her inevitable future of being married off to someone ‘suitable’, and Ethel, a Yorkshire lass, six foot tall and built like a rugby player, isn’t exactly debutante material.
Added to list February 2009.

Boys of blood & bone by David Metzenthen

Andy Lansell, killed in the First World War in 1918, lies in a small cemetery in the north of France. Henry Lyon, in a borrowed Volvo station wagon, is driving up to the South Coast of New South Wales. The paths of their lives are about to cross.

Candles at dawn by Serpil Ural

A novel for young people about two teenage girls, one from Australia and one from Turkey, who meet and become friends. Their grandfathers had fought on opposite sides at Gallipoli.
Added to list February 2009.

Jacko Moran by Ken Catran

Jacko Moran tells his story, from the trenches of Gallipoli to the bombing of London, in a terse, direct way that pulls no punches.
Added to list February 2009.

Letters from the coffin-trenches by Ken Catran

Harry Wainwright is not quite 18, but he can’t wait to enlist in the Great War – so he flees his boarding school and runs to the war. His love letters to Jessica begin idealistically, but soon they change when the young people learn of the horror of war and its associated cynicism.
Added to list February 2009.

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Told in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24 hours in his life at the front during World War I, and captures his memories as he looks back over his life. Full of detail and engrossing atmosphere, the book leads to a dramatic and moving conclusion.

Scarecrow army by Leon Davidson

On 25 April 1915, thousands of Australians and New Zealanders landed at an unnamed cove on the Gallipoli peninsula. They had come to fight the Turks. They had thought the battle would be over in three days, but months later they were still in the trenches they had dug at the landing.

Soldier boy by Anthony Hill

Tells the moving story of a young man who enlisted in the Australian army at just 14-years-old and who died in the war four months after leaving his home country. It is a heartbreaking tale, also, of his mother who had to let him go and of his family who lost a son, brother, uncle and friend.

Some other war by Linda Newbery

Jack and Alice are twins. When war breaks out in 1914 Jack joins the army and Alice becomes a nurse. This is a wonderfully evocative and dramatic story of war, love and pacifism.
Added to list February 2009.

The fugitive soldier by Phyllis Johnston

In 1917, a 15-year-old boy runs away from his family problems and joins the army, but is wounded in Belgium and returns home to sort out his future.
Added to list February 2009.

The Gallipoli story by Patrick Carlyon

Powerful story of the Anzac soldiers and their fight in Gallipoli the World War I.
Added to list February 2009.

The shell house by Linda Newbery

Greg’s interest in a ruined mansion becomes more personal as he discovers the tragic events of its last inhabitants. Set against the modern day and World War I, Greg beliefs becomes interwined with those of a foot soldier whose confusion about his sexuality and identity mirrors Greg’s own feelings.

War song by James Riordan

A follow-up to When the Guns Fall Silent, featuring the twin sisters Floss and Doss, this novel follows the dramatic, and traumatic, wartime experiences of the two sisters in 1916. They work in a munitions factory before Floss moves to a hospital in France and is taken prisoner by the Germans.

When the guns fall silent by James Riordan

When Perry wants to know what his Grandad did in the Great War, Grandad Jack takes Perry across to France to visit the war graves. There Jack remembers his war – and the Christmas day when the guns fell silent and the soldiers played football.

When the war came home by Sarah Ell

It is November 1918, the end of the First World War, and an epidemic of influenza is sweeping the city of Auckland. Jimmy K’s father is missing in action. Now his mother has taken his younger brothers and sisters away to the country, and thirteen year old Jimmy is left with his uncle to face the horrors of the epidemic.
Added to list February 2009.

Wings to fly by Patrick Cooper

A story of adolescence and loss in a Devonshire village, set against the backdrop of World War I.
Added to list February 2009

You’ve got guts, Kenny Melrose by Shirley Corlett

Set in New Zealand just after World War I, Briden Orphanage is an orphanage from hell. Kenny is determined to escape, and so are some of his friends and his younger sister. But there is something in his past that he is being punished for, something that his father did that Kenny can’t understand.
Added to list February 2009.

Zero hour :the Anzacs on the Western Front by Leon Davidson.

The First World War was only meant to last six months. When the Australians and New Zealanders arrived at the Western Front in 1916, the fighting had been going for a year and a half and there was no end in sight. The men took their place in a line of trenches that spread through Belgium and France from the North Sea to the Swiss Alps. Added to list April 2010. ”



War horse / Nick Stafford ; adapted for the stage from the novel by Michael Morpurgo.

Authors: Nick Stafford, Michael Morpurgo
Publish info: London : Faber and Faber, 2007.
ISBN: 9780571240159 (pbk.)
Series: FF plays.
Description: 98 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Adaptations, Drama, Horses, World War, 1914-1918, Morpurgo, Michael
Language: English
Summary: “At the outbreak of the First World War, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Caught up in enemy fire, fate takes Joey on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find and bring him home.” “Nick Stafford’s stage adaptation of the celebrated novel by Michael Morpurgo leads us on a journey through history.”–BOOK JACKET.
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