Remembrance by Theresa Breslin

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Carnegie Medal winner Teresa Breslin brings alive the lives of a group of teenagers in a small Scottish town in the early days of World War 1. She captures how normal life was and how unprepared people were for the effect of the war on those at home – even after the initial declaration had been made. Soon, everyone’s life has been affected by the slaughter of so many young men in the trenches. And even those who’s loved ones hadn’t been killed lives were changed when those who had been invalided out returned utterly different after suffering so acutely physically and mentally. How individuals and communities at home survived the dark years of World War 1 is thoughtfully and movingly captured.


Remembrance by Theresa Breslin

From the horror of the trenches, to the devastating reality seen daily by those nursing the wounded, they struggle to survive. Nothing will ever be the same again. Remembrance is a powerful and engrossing novel about love and war, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author Theresa Breslin.

1915 - Scotland. A group of teenagers from two families meet for a summer's picnic, friends despite their social differences. Mostly romance is on their minds, but the peace of the day is shattered by the sound of a plane flying overhead, the war across the Channel is soon to tear them away from such youthful pleasures. All too soon the horror of what is to become known as The Great War engulfs them, their friends and the whole village.

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An immensely readable, passionately written epic, with an involving, fast-moving plot constantly challenging readers assumptions Guardian

Young readers will find themselves swept along with Breslin's engaging cast into a world where duty and compassion must somehow co-exist TES

Breslin brilliantly weaves the themes of emancipation, class, love, propaganda and the machinations of war into the story of how these young lives are changed with a light touch that belies the seriousness of the subject Financial Times

Breslin's light touch and beautiful prose give the harrowing sights and sounds of the war a much more human feel ... A novel that will stay with me for a long time The Bookseller

Theresa Breslin is simply a superb writer and I strongly recommend this novel to all readers Teen Titles

This book about World War I, by award-winning author Theresa Breslin, works on several levels: as a love story, a treatment of equality between the sexes and the conflict between jingoism and pacifism, and a chronological account of the war itself. After rather a slow start, the pace of the novel quickens when the four main characters are drawn into the struggle, the two young women as a munitions worker and a nurse respectively, the two young men as recruits to Kitchener's army, one willing, the other very reluctant. Using the device of letters written to and from the front line, the author gives a detailed and realistic picture of trench warfare in France and Belgium and the conditions in factories and hospitals both in Britain and in France. No detail is deemed too unpleasant - this is strong stuff, although well-known. Less familiar is the theme of women's growing independence, an idea which is dealt with very fully and sympathetically. Maggie Dundas has always worked hard in her father's shop, but when her brother leaves for France she begins to resent the assumption that her place will be at home, behind the counter or in the kitchen. A series of bold decisions changes her life, opens her mind and shows her what she is capable of. Exchanging letters with 'Master' Francis, the young man from the big house in the village, she discusses the horrors they both have to cope with and the futility and waste of war. As the story ends with celebrations of peace, at least one of the couples appears to have a happy future ahead of them, but the overall tone of the book is, quite rightly, sombre. Kirkus UK

About the Author

Theresa Breslin

Theresa Breslin is the critically acclaimed author of over 30 books for children and young adults whose work has been filmed for television, broadcast on radio, and is read world-wide in many languages. A respected contributor to professional journals, she is passionate about children’s literature and literacy. She travels extensively, doing research for her books and speaking at international conferences and book festivals.

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320 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

2nd January 2003




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