ANZAC Boys by Tony Bradman


Written by Tony Bradman
Illustrated by Ollie Cuthbertson

9+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   11+ readers   The First World War   
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Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+ Children are hyper-sensitive to unfairness, and the lives described in this Barrington Stoke World War One novel are full of episodes of arbitrary cruelty making for compulsive reading. When brothers Bert and Frank are orphaned they go to live at St Patrick’s orphanage. It’s a terrible place, with the priests the worst thing about it. The boys are soon sent from the orphanage to live in Australia, round the other side of the world. Despite Bert’s promise to his little brother that he’ll always look after him, the two are forced apart, only to meet years later on the battlefield of Gallipoli, where Bert gets the chance to be true to his word at last. Written specifically with dyslexic or struggling readers in mind, this short novel tells a powerful, dramatic story and has a wide appeal. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 9+.

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ANZAC Boys by Tony Bradman

A gripping historical tale based on a tragic episode of World War One. Bert and his little brother Frank are orphans. Determined to stay together, tragedy strikes when they are transported out of the country to serve as cheap labour in the British colonies and end up separated; Bert to Australia and Frank to New Zealand. Years pass. As the Great War dawns in Europe, the ANZACs send their soldiers to storm Gallipoli, but can the battlefield also serve as a reunion for the two brothers?

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Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 9+

About the Author

Tony Bradman

Tony Bradman was born in 1954 (not during the Jurassic era, as his children have been known to claim). He went to school in London, and then Cambridge University. After university he worked in the music press, then became Deputy Editor of Parents magazine, and began reviewing children’s books. He had his first book for children published in 1985 and became a full-time author in 1987.

Tony loves films and popular culture. He lives in Beckenham, Kent with his wife Sally and their three children Emma, Helen and Thomas and Rufus the cat.


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112 pages


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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th February 2015




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