World War I Tales: The Pigeon Spy by Terry Deary
  

World War I Tales: The Pigeon Spy

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

Synopsis

World War I Tales: The Pigeon Spy by Terry Deary

From the bestselling author of Horrible Histories... Stories of the First World War from the bestselling Terry Deary, author of the hugely successful Horrible Histories. Flanders 1918. The extraordinary true story of a pigeon who saved nearly 200 lives. A troop of Americans are trapped behind enemy lines. Not only are their German enemies firing at them but so are their own side. Somehow they have to get a message to their comrades. The only way is by pigeon. But every time a pigeon rises in the air it is shot down. The last pigeon, a black bird called Cher Ami, flies with bullets zipping through the air all around him, covering 25 miles in just 65 minutes, helping to save the lives of the 194 survivors. In his epic journey he is shot through the breast, blinded in one eye, and left with a leg hanging only by a tendon. Army medics save his life. They can't save his leg, so they carve a small wooden one for him. When he recovers, the pigeon is put on a boat to the United States, a hero. Astonishing true tale of animals at war from master historical storyteller Terry Deary. Book Band: Grey Ideal for ages 8+ Quizzed for Accelerated Reader

Reviews

another fascinating insight into the lesser-known aspects of the War - this time, a homing pigeon charged with carrying a vital message. An excellent series. * Parents in Touch * An exciting and entertaining short read. * Irish Examiner * An exciting story which brings alive a little known aspect of World War I. -- Julia Eccleshare * Lovereading4kids * a lively story which is based in fact and engagingly illustrated by James de la Rue. * The Historical Novel Society * Overall, it's a good read. The characters are interesting, the vocabulary is rich and the author deals realistically with the issues involved. * Primary Teacher Update *

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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Book Info

Format

Paperback
64 pages

Author

Terry Deary
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Author's Website

www.terry-deary.com/

Publisher

Featherstone an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

20th October 2016

ISBN

9781472941985


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