The Great War An Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War by

The Great War An Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War

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Illustrated by Jim Kay

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Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - July 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month What did living through the First World War feel like for relatives at home, especially children, as well as for the soldiers fighting at the Front? Eleven stories inspired by objects from the time of the war are beautifully told by internationally acclaimed authors including David Almond, Tracy Chevalier and Michael Morpurgo. From a butter dish made by a young girl whose life is changed by the war in Maud’s Story by Adele Geras to a Brodie helmet complete with a bullet hole in Our Jacko by Michael Morpurgo the stories bring alive the profound effect of the 1914-18 years.


The Great War An Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War by

This is a moving anthology of stories inspired by objects from the First World War, illustrated by Jim Kay. The Great War is a powerful collection of stories by bestselling authors, each inspired by a different object from the First World War. From a soldier's writing case to the nose of a Zeppelin bomb, each object illuminates an aspect of life during the war, and each story reminds us of the millions of individual lives that were changed forever by the four years of fighting. This remarkable book is illustrated by the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Jim Kay. It features new work from: AL Kennedy; Tracy Chevalier; Michael Morpurgo; David Almond; Marcus Sedgwick; Adele Geras; Ursula Dubosarsky; John Boyne; Timothee de Fombelle; Sheena Wilkinson; and, Tanya Lee Stone. It is a truly unique and thought-provoking anthology. Gripping stories by some of the world's leading writers will bring the First World War alive for children. Jim Kay won the Kate Greenaway Medal for A Monster Calls, and was recently chosen by J.K. Rowling to illustrate the new full-colour editions of the Harry Potter series. Photographs of the objects which inspired each story will feature in the book. It is published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.


One of the most intriguing First World War titles The Bookseller Provides a tangible link to the past ... the stories bring alive the profound effect of the 1914-18 years -- Julia Eccleshare The Guardian A stellar list of contributors and Jim Kay's atmospheric illustrations are wonderful -- Tony Bradman The Guardian [A] stimulating and moving collection of stories about the First World War... Stories encompass both world wars, the home front and the trenches, realism and imaginary friends. Michael Morpurgo triggers tears. Tanya Lee Stone writes blank verse, in the rhythm of jazz, to relate the experience of a horn player from Harlem. And Jim Kay's angular illustrations convey both atmosphere and fact. -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times The eleven authors are top quality, including Michael Morpurgo, John Boyne, Timothee de Fombelle, A. J. Kennedy and Marcus Sedgwick. The stories are very diverse in scope, tone and treatment... The stories are very diverse in scope, tone and treatment... Special mention must go to Jim Kay, whose fragmented black and white illustrations complement the stories perfectly. For confident readers of eleven plus. Highly recommended. The Historical Novel Society [The] Stories bring alive the profound effect of the 1914-18 years -- Julia Eccleshare We Love This Book July 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month We Love This Book This beautifully produced book, with black-and-white illustrations from Jim Kay... Each story offers insights about war and how it shapes our lives, with particularly strong contributions from David Almond, Marcus Sedgwick and Sheena Wilkinson. Children's Books Ireland Recommended Read Thought provoking and suprising, each imaginative account is enhanced by the dramatic and stunning black and white illustrations Daily Mail A Premier League line up Books for Keeps

About the Author

Jim Kay worked in the archives of Tate Britain and the Royal Botanic Gardens before becoming a full-time illustrator. He won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012 for his illustrations for Patrick Ness's A Monster Calls. More recently, Jim contributed an installation to the V&A Museum's Memory Palace exhibition, and was chosen by J. K. Rowling to illustrate the full-colour editions of the Harry Potter series. He lives in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Visit Jim's website at

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304 pages
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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd July 2014




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