The Red Poppy by David Hill / Fifi Colston. Five minutes ... Two minutes .... Young soldier Jim McLeod waits in the trenches of World War I for the order to attack the enemy. With him are his friends and Nipper, the messenger dog. When they charge across no-man’s land Jim is shot ... and finds himself face to face with an enemy soldier.
A Soldier's Friend by Megan Rix. SAMMY is a football crazy rescue puppy. MOUSER is a fearless black and white tomcat. Together they make an unlikely pair that won't be parted, not even by the First World War. As the war rages in Europe, Londoners are sending brave animals to help the soldiers - and Mouser and Sammy are soon on their way to the trenches. But on the muddy front line, under fire and constantly in danger, will their friendship be enough to save them so they can return home…
Listen To The Moon by Michael Morpurgo. May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies – injured, thirsty, lost… and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy. Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even – as some islanders suggest – a German spy…? WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat.
Nice Day For A War by Chris Slane and Matt Elliott. Cyril Elliott was a boy when he enlisted to fight in World War 1, lured by the idea of exciting travel and adventure. What he found was quite different. But misery and terror were made easier by Kiwi humour, mates, and writing a diary.
The Donkey Who Carried the Wounded by Jackie French. The famous story of Simpson and his donkey - a true Anzac legend Most Australians know of Simpson and his donkey, who became heroes at Gallipoli, even among the Turkish forces. Few know where the donkey came from, or what happened to him after World War I. Or that another man carried on rescuing the wounded with the donkey after Simpson died.
Evie's War by Anna Mackenzie. Edwardian England: for Evie, newly arrived from New Zealand, it proves a genteel world of tea parties, tennis and snobbery – but also of the burgeoning suffragette movement and whispers of change. Drawn into the unimaginable conflict and terror of WWI by a commitment to service and to friendship, Evie moves ever further from the protected world of her childhood.
A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Illustrated Poetry of the First World War. Some of the most beautiful poetry ever written has come from the horror of the trenches. Represented here are poems dashed off in the full awfulness of the battlefield, as well as those honed with the terrible benefit of hindsight.
March to the Sound of the Guns by Ray Grover. Five war stories - Colonel Malone, one of the very few who knows what war is about, trains his men hard. The other 4 are 19-year-olds who volunteer: Harry, the Christian sniper; Jim, the leftwing activist; Frank, the intellectual. Each has no alternative but to endure fear, sickness, wounds, and the imminent prospect of death under the foulest of conditions. Then there is Nelle, the nurse, patching up the remnants of men who have ‘survived'
Desert Duel by Jim Eldridge. The story of two of the greatest warlords in history; Montgomery is put in charge of the Allied Eighth Army by Winston Churchill, while ‘The Desert Fox’, Rommel, is Hitler's favourite. They are destined to meet in the blistering heat of the North African desert in one of the most crucial battles of the war. The outcome will change the course of history – but victory will only go to one man…
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne.The day WW1 broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be. Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name - on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor, his father is in a hospital close by. Alfie is determined to rescue his father.