The Bomber Balloon by Terry Deary

The Bomber Balloon

Written by Terry Deary
Part of the World War I Tales Series

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Millie Watson is growing up with the ever-present threat of German bombs. No lights are allowed to show at night and no sounds must be made when the great German Zeppelins are flying overhead. Kept afloat with hot air and filled with German soldiers armed with bombs, the Zeppelins spell danger for the people below. When a Zeppelin springs a leak and comes to ground unexpectedly, Millie gets the chance to tell the Germans exactly what she thinks of them!

A Piece of Passion from Kate Paice, Commissioning Editor for Children’s Fiction and Poetry for A&C Black (an imprint of Bloomsbury)
Terry Deary is the master of historical non-fiction for kids, and his World War I Tales show him on top form. These fascinating true tales give us some unexpected viewpoints on the 'Great War'. The fears of young men forced into danger, the misery of a German bombing crew who would rather be home with their families, the frustration of a girl who just wants to do her bit… In all these tales, Terry Deary reminds us that wars are fought by people just like us – and that, mostly, those people would rather not be made to fight.


The Bomber Balloon by Terry Deary

November 1916 - the war on the Home Front. Minnie is being told off for breaching the blackout when a Zeppelin airship crashes over Essex. Minnie, the local constable and an elderly helper must round up the armed German crew before they escape. Meanwhile the 'invaders' are worrying about accidentally setting fire to the houses they were bombing!


These tales really bring alive the way ordinary people felt and reacted to the horrors of war and are an excellent way to help children understand what happened - as well as being a great read. Parents in Touch

About the Author

Terry Deary

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors Terry Deary is the author of 249 fiction and non-fiction books published in 36 years and is one of the most successful children’s authors of all time. His Horrible Histories series has sold over 6 million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 40 languages, as well as being adapted into a BAFTA award-winning television series for CBBC. Terry was also voted The Outstanding Non-Fiction Author of the 20th Century (Books for Keeps). He has now turned his attentions to adult fiction and non-fiction and more television and stage work.

He is married to Jenny and they have a daughter Sara who recently had twins, Terry's first grandchildren. He lives in Durham.

Q+A with Terry Deary

Favourite Hero: Guy Fawkes

Favourite Monster: The Chimera

Your weapon of choice: Machine Gun

Special Secret Power: Invisibility

Favourite Fight scene: Gladiators

Goodie or baddie: Baddie

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64 pages
Interest Age: from 7 to 9


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A & C Black Publishers Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

12th September 2013




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