War Girls by Adele Geras, Melvin Burgess, Berlie Doherty, Mary Hooper

War Girls

Written by Adele Geras, Melvin Burgess, Berlie Doherty, Mary Hooper

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A wonderful collection of stories from award-winning authors such as Anne Fine, Melvin Burgess, Adele Geras and Berlie Doherty which captures a wide range of life changing experiences for women living through the great upheaval of the First World War. There’s romance, courage, humour, optimism and excitement all shot through with sadness at the overwhelming loss of life.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This collection of short stories about the First World War is written from the viewpoint of young women. The stories contain a range of situations, characters and classes, including a brave nurse, and a waitress who uncovers treason. Written by a variety of authors, including Mary Hooper and Melvin Burgess, they completely capture the voice of women at a time of extreme danger and great change. (Ages 11–16)
~ Andrea Rayner


War Girls by Adele Geras, Melvin Burgess, Berlie Doherty, Mary Hooper

1914: war has broken out across Europe and beyond. Nothing will ever be the same again for those caught up in the conflict. A courageous nurse risks her life at the Front Line; a young woman discovers independence and intrigue in wartime London; and a grief-stricken widow defends her homeland amidst the destruction of war. Through these and other tales, War Girls presents a moving portrait of loss and grief, and of hope overcoming terrible odds.


War Girls gathers together some of the finest writers for older readers to bring to life the impact the First World War had on women... Excellent -- Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller

About the Author

Adele Geras (Author) ADELE GERAS was born in Jerusalem and travelled widely as a child. She started writing over twenty-five years ago and has published more than 80 titles. Ithaka was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Whitbread Chirldren's Book Award. She lives in Manchester with her husband and has two grown-up daughters and two grandchildren.Melvin Burgess (Author) Melvin Burgess was born in London and brought up in Surrey and Sussex. He has had a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4. He is now regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature, having won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for his acclaimed novel Junk.Berlie Doherty (Author) Berlie Doherty began writing for children in 1983, after teaching and working in radio. She has written more than 35 books for children, as well as for the theatre, radio and television. Berlie has won the Carnegie Medal twice: in 1987 for GRANNY WAS A BUFFER GIRL and in 1992 for DEAR NOBODY. She has also won the Writer's Guild Children's Fiction Award for DAUGHTER OF THE SEA. Her work is published all over the world, and many of her books have been televised.Mary Hooper (Author) Mary has been writing professionally for over twenty years and has published nearly eighty books for children and young people. She has written funny books, 'issue' books and spooky books, and has now settled into doing what she loves best: writing historical novels centering around real situations (The Great Plague in 1665, for example) and real people (Anne Green, who was hanged for infanticide in Oxford, 1650).Anne Fine (Author) Anne Fine is one of our most distinguished writers for children. She has written over fifty highly acclaimed books and has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and both the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and the Carnegie Medal twice over. Anne was appointed the Children's Laureate from 2001-3, and her work has been translated into over forty languages. In 2003 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded an OBE. Anne lives in County Durham.Theresa Breslin (Author) Theresa Breslin is an award-winning Scottish author whose work has appeared on television and radio. Her first book, Simon's Challenge, won the Young Book Trust's Fidler Award for new writers and she was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Whispers in the Graveyard. The Dream Master was shortlisted for the Children's Book Award and Remembrance, a story of youth in World War One, was shortlisted for the South Lanarkshire, the Sheffield, and the North-East Book Awards. Divided City has been shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2006 and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Her latest novel is The Nostradamus Prophecy published in May 2008. This is a gripping novel about love, loyalty, power and mystery.It is steeped in atmosphere and its historical setting is brought vividly to life.Underlying the well crafted historical story is a pressing contemporary concern for readers of today. She managed the BAFTA nominated Scottish Writers project and was awarded Honorary Membership of the Scottish Library Association for distinguished services to Children's Literature and Librarianship.Rowena House (Author) Debut author Rowena House experienced war first-hand as a Reuters' foreign correspondent in Africa. Her War Girls story won a competition run by Andersen Press for creative writing Masters students at Bath Spa University.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th June 2014




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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