The World Wars The World Wars

To mark the beginning of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in July this year, we have gathered together a selection of books, fiction and non-fiction, new titles and old ones, for a wide range of ages, to reflect the tragedy of The Somme.  In addition, we have continued to refresh our World War One and World War two selections.



The Somme

Over the Line
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8 Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War. Tom Palmer tells the true story of the Footballers' Battalion.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedPrivate Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has written so far. That's because it's the one that most touched a nerve with him, that... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedPrivate Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade & One of our 'Must Reads'. It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/05/2004
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Reader ReviewedFlo of the Somme
Hilary Robinson
Winner of the 2016 Historical Association's ‘Young Quill's Award for Historical Fiction' (primary school category) | One of our Books of the Year 2015 | The stories of the many animals involved in the First World War make a great... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/08/2015
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Where The Poppies Now Grow
Hilary Robinson
Shortlisted for the Education Resources Award 2015 - One of our Books of the Year 2014 This moving poetic text matched with warm-hearted illustrations captures the lives of two friends and the parts they played in the enormous military campaign... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedListen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category - September 2015 Book of the Month A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/08/2015
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World War I

The Christmas Truce The Place Where Peace Was Found
Hilary Robinson
Shortlisted for the Education Resources Award 2015 Amid the horror of the fighting in the First World War, there was one moment of unexpected and surprising harmony. On Christmas Eve 1914 the soldiers from opposing sides of No Man's Land... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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Reader ReviewedFive Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month - Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2014 Witty, tender and full of insights... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2014
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Only Remembered
Michael Morpurgo
2014 will mark one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War. To mark the date, this beautiful anthology will collect favourite extracts, images and poems from some of the UK's leading cultural, political and literary figures. Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2014
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The Kingdom by the Sea
Robert Westall
Guardian award-winning novel about courage, friendship and war. Reissued into the Essential Modern Classic list. Lovereading Review to follow... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/05/2009
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The Story of World War One
Richard Brassey
It began 100 years ago. They said it would be over by Christmas. They were wrong. Read about the tanks and trenches, bombs and battlefields that make up the chilling story of World War One. Did you know that German... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War
Roger Stevens, Brian Moses
Wide- ranging and thoughtful, this anthology of poems by award-winning poets Roger Stevens and Brian Moses captures the many different aspects of war. Divided into three sections the first of which focuses on different aspects of World War 1, the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2014
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True Stories from World War I
Peter Hepplewhite
A collection of twelve action-packed true stories about war in the air and on land during World War I - including the growing importance of aeroplanes in the war, German bombing raids, the terror of the zeppelins, life in the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2014
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Book of War Stories
Paul Dowswell
Even as the First and Second World Wars get further away in history, they remain a subject of fascination for the young, and no wonder: the conflict brought out very best and the very worst in mankind. Paul Dowswell recounts... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2015
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The National Archives: World War I Unclassified
Nick Hunter
From the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, WWI Unclassified takes readers on a journey back in time to discover the amazing stories behind this devastatingly terrible war that shook the world and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 22/05/2014
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A Soldier's Friend
Megan Rix
Megan Rix adds a new title to her much-loved stories about the bravery of animals in extreme situations. Set in the First World War, this tells the story of a very special friendship between a dog and a cat. Sammy... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha
Michael Foreman
An evocative WW1 story of heroism and friendship, based on real events. Ali Pasha was a tortoise celebrity, appearing on Blue Peter and in newspapers worldwide, including The Times and The Boston Globe. Retold through journal entries and through Henry's... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Archie's War
Marcia Williams
Archie's War provides an astonishing insight into what it was like to be a 10 year old child in one of the most important moments in history - the First World War that began in 1914. With its striking scrapbook... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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Biggles of the Fighter Squadron
W. E. Johns
Well into the later stages of the First World War, Biggles and his fellow flyers are struggling to maintain supremacy over the enemy pilots determined to shoot them down. Join cult hero and flying ace, Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth on... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/02/2014
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The Bomber Balloon
Terry Deary
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... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/09/2013
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The War Game
Terry Deary
When Albert joins the army in December 1914 he is trained ready to go and fight in the trenches in France. Initially, many thought the war would be over by Christmas but now it is clear that it could go... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/07/2013
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One Boy's War
Lynn Huggins-Cooper
This powerful picture book captures both the optimism and the despair of the first months of the First World War. Only fifteen when the war is declared Sydney, like many other boys, longs to be old enough to have a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/11/2010
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The First World War
Paul Dowswell
In the Usborne True Stories series, this is a clear introduction to the First World War. In well thought out chapters Paul Dowswell tells the story from the fateful moment in August 1914 when the first declarations of war were... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2007
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The Best Christmas Present in the World
Michael Morpurgo
One of the most heart-warming stories you'll read around war, this is a classic Christmas story from the bestselling author/illustrator team of Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman.With the anniversary of WWI upon us this tells the story of... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2004
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Stories of the First World War
Jim Eldridge
This informative and sensitive collection of short stories brings 1914-1918 to life through the experiences of twelve children and young people. From the efforts on the Home Front in both Britain and Germany, to the young soldiers in the trenches... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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The Pigeon Spy
Terry Deary
Can a pigeon save the two hundred American soldiers who are trapped behind the enemy lines? American farm-boy Joe, who shouldn't really be fighting anyway because he is under-age, is useless at most things but he is brilliant at training... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/09/2013
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Stay Where You are and Then Leave
John Boyne
Best-selling John Boyne gives a poignant insight into the First World War as seen through the eyes of a young boy whose father goes away to fight and returns shell shocked. Alfie is only five when his father signs up... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 26/09/2013
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The Silver Donkey
Sonya Hartnett
Award-winning Sonya Hartnett's deeply moving The Silver Donkey is full of a soldier's tales which he tells to the two children who find him alive but blind, struggling to get back from the war to his home across... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2008
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Ghost Soldier WW1 Story
Theresa Breslin
This is a thrilling, poignant story of hope and loss set during World War 1, from Carnegie Medal-winning author Theresa Breslin. Nobody believes in ghosts until they see one.. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 31/07/2014
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The Reluctant Time Traveller
Janis Mackay
Award-winning Janis Mackay whizzes her readers back in time and gives them a good introduction to 1914 in the days just before the outbreak of World War One. Agnes is determined to find the deeds of the big house which... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/08/2014
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War Girls
Adele Geras, Melvin Burgess, Berlie Doherty, Mary Hooper
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.... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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War Song
James Riordan
A hugely powerful and emotional story which really brings home to the reader the horror and hardship faced not only by the soldiers, but everyone else who lived through the First World War. This outstanding story is full of raw... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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My Brother's Keeper
Tom Bradman, Tony Bradman
This is an incredibly powerful tale of war, friendship and courage. The Great War has begun. An underage boy signs up for the Army to be like the other men fighting for his country, but the reality of war is... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/04/2014
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The Ghost of the Trenches and Other Stories
Taffy Thomas, Helen Watts
This is a collection that brings together folk tales, legends and ghost stories that grew up around the First World War. Fascinating, moving, sometimes scary, these are the stories told by soldiers and the people they left behind, on both... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/04/2014
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Road to War A First World War Girl's Diary, 1916-1917
Valerie Wilding
How the First World War affected girls is excellently captured in this diary. Living a comfortable life in the country where she is regarded as a tomboy on account of her love of riding, Daffy has never had to work... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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The Trenches
Jim Eldridge
The extreme danger and appalling horrors of fighting in the trenches during the First World War are made dramatically real in this diary of Billy, a young lad growing up in Carlisle. Billy's mum is dead against him signing up... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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The Last Flight
Terry Deary
War in the air was a dangerous but thrilling experience for the young men who risked their lives in the new fangled aeroplanes. When Alfred's skill with a camera is spotted during training he is sent off to join the... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/07/2013
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Soldier Dog
Sam Angus
It's 1917. In the trenches of France, miles from home, Stanley is a boy fighting a man's war. He is a dog handler, whose dog must be so loyal that he will cross no-man's-land alone under heavy fire to return... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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Opal Plumstead
Jacqueline Wilson
Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson's 100th book is a cracking story set just before the First World War with one of Wilson's feistiest girls yet at its heart. Opal Plumstead is a clever, bookish girl with a Scholarship place at a posh... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Runaways
Megan Rix
Shortlisted for the 2015 Red House Children's Book Award Two elephants and an old Border collie are the stars of Megan Rix's wonderfully heart-warming new animal story. It's 1917 and as the First World War rages, Cullen's Circus is forced... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Sir Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: World War I and World War II
Tony Robinson
Award-winning Tony Robinson has an outstanding record for bringing the past to life. Here his books on World War 1 and World War 11 are presented in one bumper volume. Through factual accounts, quizzes, diagrams and a great many pictures... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/03/2015
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Stars Shall be Bright
Catherine MacPhail
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ There are all sorts of stories being told about World War One, this one, based on the true story of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster, is particularly unusual and moving. With Dad away fighting, James,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2015
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ANZAC Boys
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+ Children are hyper-sensitive to unfairness, and the lives described in this Barrington Stoke World War One novel are full of episodes of arbitrary cruelty making for compulsive reading. When brothers Bert and Frank are... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2015
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Reader ReviewedA Medal for Leroy
Michael Morpurgo
The best-selling author of War Horse tells a deeply moving story which recreates the terribly legacies of both the First and the Second World Wars in the deeply moving story about how a young boy discovers the truth about his... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/08/2013
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Walter Tull's Scrapbook
Michaela Morgan
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 -... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/11/2013
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Poppy
Mary Hooper
Women's roles in the First World War need to be told as frequently as possible. Mary Hooper's Poppy combines a brilliant insight into how utterly and dramatically the lives of women changed during the conflict as attitudes altered and old... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2014
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Remembrance
Theresa Breslin
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... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2003
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Dusk
Eve Edwards
Dusk by Eve Edwards is a beautiful love story set against the brutal back drop of WWI. For all fans of Sebastian Faulks and historical romantic fiction - this is Bird Song for Young Adult readers. A love worth fighting... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/06/2013
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The Great War An Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War
Various Authors
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... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2014
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The Story of the First World War
Paul Dowswell
An excellent introductory history of the First World War told in short, accessible chapters, this describes some of the key moments of the conflict and some of the reasons why it was so much more devastating than had been anticipated.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2014
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When the Guns Fall Silent
James Riordan
In an excellent time-slip story, James Riordan brings the action and tragedy of the First World War vividly to life. Jack's grandfather is a war hero with medals to prove it. But he will never talk about what he did... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/11/2013
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See Inside First World War
Rob Lloyd Jones
This largely pictorial insight into the First World War sets out the story of the war from Outbreak to the Final Shots across fourteen big pages of illustrations with flaps that can be lifted to reveal further information. The major... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2013
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The Shell House
Linda Newbery
Award-winning Linda Newbery uses the ruins of an old house as a way of unifying two stories about two young men in a thought-provoking view of World War 1. Contemporary Greg comes across the Shell House on a bicycle ride... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2003
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Reader ReviewedWhy The Whales Came
Michael Morpurgo
A terrific page-turner set during World War One in which two children befriend a man who lives alone on an island in the Isles of Scilly. As their friendship develops he tells the children of a dreaded curse that has... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/02/2007
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Reader ReviewedWar Horse
Michael Morpurgo
This special edition of War Horse commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, and features a brand new introduction by Michael Morpurgo and cover artwork by Rae Smith, designer of the National Theatre's... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/07/2014
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Poems from the First World War Published in Association with Imperial War Museums
Gaby Morgan
Written by those who were involved at the time, this is a thoughtful and powerful selection of poems that capture many different experiences of war. The soldiers' view is reflected in familiar poems such as Wilfred Owen's haunting Dulce Et... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2014
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How Can a Pigeon be a War Hero? Questions and Answers About the First World War Published in Association with Imperial War Museums
Tracey Turner
Find out all the really important things about the First World War with this brilliant book of questions and answers on World War One in association with Imperial War Museums which was founded during World War One to encourage, the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2014
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Stories of World War One
Various Authors
A poignant and fascinating anthology of tales to remember and commemorate the fallen of The Great War and those who survived the conflict and its aftermath. Collaborating with a wealth of experienced writers including Malorie Blackman, Geraldine McCaughrean and Oisin... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Line of Fire Diary of an Unknown Soldier August - September 1914
Barroux
Line of Fire is one of the most extraordinary - and beautiful - books about the First World War. This diary of an unknown French soldier tells of his experiences in the very early days of the fighting at the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2014
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Scottish Tales of Adventure World War I
Alan Burnett
These true stories of life in the front line of World War 1 are packed full of detail of the daring exploits of the young men who took part in them. Drawn from letters and diaries and therefore including first... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2013
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Reader ReviewedFarm Boy
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo followed up his best-selling War Horse with this sequel which brilliantly describes life in the Devon countryside at the time of World War 1. Visiting his grandpa on the farm, a young boy loves to listen to the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/09/2011
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Eleven Eleven
Paul Dowswell
A powerful combination of historic detail, timeless narrative and action-packed plot. The author places three teenagers, one American, one British and the other German at the centre of the story in the lead up to the 11th day of the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/10/2012
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Rose of No Man's Land (A Timepiece Novel)
Anne Perry
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. Second in a brand new time travel series by an award-winning author (the first was Tudor Rose). Will Rosie cope as a nurse in a WW1 Red Cross Hospital? Struggling with her inability... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/09/2011
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War Game (Special 100th Anniversary of WW1 Ed.)
Michael Foreman
One of our Books of the Year 2014 It was Christmas Day in the trenches in France during World War One and a remarkable football match took place. British and German soldiers put down their weapons and took up a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedWave
Paul Dowswell
July 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 World War One didn't just affect those involved in the fighting but those left at home, and subsequent generations too as this novel shows. Charlie joins up,... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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The Last Soldier
Keith Gray
Shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017 Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 The Lost Soldier is lots of things: a genuinely creepy ghost story, and a gripping tale of loss, conflict, revenge and redemption. The ghost takes the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2015
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Poppy in the Field
Mary Hooper
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May 2015 A welcome return for Poppy, the brave young nurse in World War One. Poppy thinks her heart will break when she finds that Freddie whom she loves so much is to marry... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Respect!
Michaela Morgan
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ An amazing true story, this is the life of Walter Tull. Tull was a brave and true young man who became the first black footballer in top flight football and then earned a new... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2014
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Reader ReviewedTilly's Promise
Linda Newbery
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Award-winning Linda Newbery gives a fresh insight into the First World War in this deeply touching story. Village sweethearts Tilly and Harry are... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2014
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50 Things You Should Know About the First World War
Jim Eldridge
In 1914 a war broke out that was to touch every corner of the globe. By 1918, the year the war ended, more than 16 million people were dead from almost every nationality. See how events unfolded chronologically, meet key... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Other book format | Released 02/06/2014
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The Foreshadowing
Marcus Sedgwick
No child who reads this will ever sanction a war if they can help it. Marcus brings the horrors of World War One to life in fiction in the most dramatic of ways. It really is completely compelling,... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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The Edge of the Cloud
K. M. Peyton
Winner of the 1969 CILIP Carnegie Medal K.M. Peyton won the Carnegie Medal for this romantic and passionate story set in the run up to World War 1. A sequel to Flambards, it tells how Christina, now seventeen, fleeing her... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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You Wouldn't Want to be in the Trenches in World War One!
Alex Woolf
Information-packed, this book gives all kinds of facts about life in the trenches including the behind-the-scenes things that soldiers in World War One had to deal with. Comic illustrations vividly bring to life the danger, hunger, cold and horrors of... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2014
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First World War Sticker Book

Travel back in time with this fascinating sticker book that is published in conjunction with The Imperial War Museum. It is jam-packed with information, maps and photographs taken during the First World War together with over 100 stickers of photographs... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2014
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World War II

Reader ReviewedA Song for Summer
Eva Ibbotson
Eva Ibbotson is so clever at capturing moments in history and weaving a story around them and her characters too are so real you feel you can reach out and touch them. Here in A Song for Summer is absolutely... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Piper
Danny Weston
Winner of the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015 12-16 age category - October 2014 Debut of the Month A haunting and moving story as something sinister from the past reaches out to two children evacuated to Romney Marsh in the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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Voices from the Second World War

‘I was awarded the Burma Star and the Yankee Star for my service, but all I really want is for the people who fought alongside me to be remembered.' So said Ivor Roberts Phillips, one of hundreds of men and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/04/2016
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Whistling in the Dark
Shirley Hughes
Best-selling Shirley Hughes brings alive how it felt to be growing up in Liverpool during the Second World War. In a gripping and touching story which draws on her own memories of growing up at that time, Shirley Hughes sets... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Jet the Rescue Dog ... And Other Extraordinary Stories of Animals in Wartime
David Long
An amazing collection of 33 short stories about all kinds of animals and their exceptional feats of bravery in war time. In the title story which is set in the Blitz during the Second World War, Jet of Iada, an... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2015
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
John Boyne
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, October 2015 Bestselling John Boyne returns to the Second World War for The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, the story of the transformation... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2015
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Demons of Dunkirk
Paul Nolan
This is an unputdownable adventure story woven around the evacuation at Dunkirk and then the D-Day landings but from a different angle in that the boy in the story is a conscientious objector but can the help he brings to... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2015
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The Machine Gunners
Robert Westall
Now with a brilliant new cover look, Robert Westall's gripping first novel for children set during World War Two is celebrating its fortieth anniversary. One of the best war books ever written for children. Completely unputdownable, scary and with incredibly... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Blitzcat
Robert Westall
In an extraordinary mix of fact and fiction, Robert Westall describes the Second World War through the eyes of a cat. Blitzcat leaves her home to track down her person, a pilot with the RAF. Her journey takes her through... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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50 Things You Should Know About the Second World War
Simon Adams
Published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, this is a perfect introduction to all aspects of the war, covering key events, a who's who of the military and political figures and the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2015
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Under a War-Torn Sky
L. M. Elliot
Winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for Best Young Adult Book Henry is just nineteen, and a long way from home. He's one of the many thousands of young American pilots who came to Britain during World War... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2015
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Across Enemy Seas
L. M. Elliot
This is a new book from L. M. Elliott who wrote the excellent WW2 novel Under a Worn-Torn Sky. This is also set during World War Two, but tells a very different story: that of two young English brothers... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2015
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Reader ReviewedAn Elephant in the Garden
Michael Morpurgo
Once again the former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, weaves an intensely moving story about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war. It's World War Two in Germany, the animals in Dresden Zoo are to be killed because... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/06/2011
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Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
Best-selling illustrator Shirley Hughes writes beautifully in this gripping story set during World War Two. Living in Italy during the occupation by the Germans, Paolo and his sister Constanza long to do something for the fight to keep Italy free.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Winter Horses
Philip Kerr
Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece. - January 2015 Book of the Month I had never heard of Przewalskis horses until I read this book (they do in fact have... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Earth is Singing
Vanessa Curtis
February 2015 Book of the Month Of the many stories of the Holocaust, that of the Jews of Riga in Latvia is among the less well known. This book tells their story for young people, clearly and honestly, emphasising its... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/01/2015
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My Friend the Enemy
Dan Smith
July 2013 Book of the Month An exciting and thought-provoking World War II adventure for children aged 9-12. With shades of Michael Morpurgo, Michelle Magorian and Robert Westall's classic The Machine Gunners the author carefully explores the moral dilemma of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2013
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The Diary of Anne Frank
Anne Frank
An abridged edition that gives younger readers their first introduction to the extraordinary diary of an ordinary girl who has long become a household name. It features line drawings, family photographs, and an Afterword to explain why the Diary ends... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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Carrie's War
Nina Bawden
Chosen by Jacqueline Wilson, February 2012 Guest Editor: "This is a very touching utterly convincing book about three wartime evacuees billeted to Wales. It's very much a children's story, with a mystery to be solved, but Nina Bawden is very subtle with... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit/Bombs on Aunt Dainty
Judith Kerr
Partly autobiographical, these are first and second books in the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr, telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World War. Michael Morpurgo called When Hitler... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/04/2012
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The Children of the King
Sonya Hartnett
A hauntingly beautiful wartime story with a ghostly twist - this is set to become a modern classic. Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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Billy's Blitz
Barbara Mitchelhill
Award-winning Barbara Mitchelhill brings Billy's war-struck childhood vividly to life in this dramatic story of survival. Billy's dad is away fighting and Billy's mum thinks that the war will always be far away from their home in South London. As... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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True Stories of the Second World War
Henry Brook, Paul Dowswell
To mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day this is a boxed set of three paperback books from the True Stories series: The Blitz, D-Day and The Second World War. This collection provides a great introduction to the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Multiple-item retail product | Released 01/05/2014
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The Blitz
Henry Brook
This is a great all round introduction to The Blitz, the name given to the raids over Britain by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War. The book is structured around the real-life experiences of pilots - both British... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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The Second World War
Paul Dowswell
Epic encounters between titanic warships, battles involving thousands of men, and duels between lone snipers facing almost certain death are just some of the dramatic tales in this gripping collection of stories from the Second World War. This is one... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Reader ReviewedMy Brother's Secret
Dan Smith
May 2014 Book of the Month Growing up in Germany at the beginning of the Second World War, Karl Engel imagines the role he might play in fighting for his country. Joining the Hitler Youth movement will be his first... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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City of Fate
Nicola Pierce
March 2014 Book of the Month Emotionally taut and empathic, this novel will transport the reader into the very heart of the Second World War and the lives of children caught in the middle of history. Yuri is celebrating his... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/02/2014
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The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
A 2012 World Book Night selection. Shortlisted for the Newcomer of the Year Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008. This is the story of a street of ordinary German people living in the horrors of the Nazi regime. ... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2007
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The Silver Sword
Ian Serraillier
A classic story from World War Two, this tells how three children, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are helped by the young orphan Jan to escape from the horrors of Warsaw after the arrest of their parents. How the children travel... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

When Bruno's father is promoted to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in Berlin to a strange new house in the middle of nowhere. Gone are the neighbours and the friends Bruno used to... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
May 2012 Book of the Month. Best-selling illustrator Shirley Hughes writes beautifully in this gripping story set during World War Two. Living in Italy during the occupation by the Germans, Paolo and his sister Constanza long to do something for the... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/05/2012
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Elizabeth Wein
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 This is one of the most inspiring books for the YA market that we've seen for a while. The quality of the writing is so smooth and the storyline so compelling that you'll... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2012
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Duty Calls : Dunkirk
James Holland
A Lovereading4Kids 'Debut of the Year 2011' selection. 9+. Real-life action pumps through this wholly absorbing war time adventure. James Holland's extensive knowledge of the history of the period gives him a rare ability to bring it vividly to... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2011
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Goodnight Mister Tom
Michelle Magorian
Some thirty years on, this remains the classic story of the Second World War. It also gives a great insight into how any child might survive the strange experience of evacuation.How Willie Beech, evacuated from London during the bombing, adapts... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2011
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Between Shades of Gray
Ruta Sepetys
Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal. The Judges said: A compelling, page-turning story about a hidden period of history, told with real emotional depth. Flashbacks are employed to great effect, and the excellent characterisation means that you both believe and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2011
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Time Train to the Blitz
Sophie Mckenzie
A gripping time-slip story with a World War Two setting plunges two children into an exciting adventure when they climb aboard a mysterious train and find themselves transported back to London at the time of the Blitz. Soon Joe and... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/04/2010
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The Little Ships: A Story of the Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk
Louise Borden, Michael Foreman
This is a wondrous book that has been unavailable for far too long. At last though it's back for a new generation of children to enjoy, and perhaps their parents too. Michael Foreman with Louise Borden have successfully brought to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2010
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Friend or Foe
Michael Morpurgo
March 2010 Guest Editor Michael Foreman: "Towards the end of WWII enemy prisoners of War were brought to our village to help bring in the harvest. We boys played football with them, the enemy, during their break times. Children face-to-face... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2007
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Waiting For Anya
Michael Morpurgo
It is World War II and Jo stumbles on a dangerous secret: Jewish children are being smuggled away from the Nazis, close to his mountain village in Spain. Now, German soldiers have been stationed at the border. Jo must get... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/02/2007
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I Am David
Anne Holm
Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 07/09/1989
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War Boy A Wartime Childhood
Michael Foreman
Brilliantly observed in words and pictures, War Boy is a first hand, eye-witness view of growing up in World War Two. Michael Foreman grew up in Lowestoft where bombing raids causing terrible damage were common as planes flew in over... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 28/10/2004
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Once.
Morris Gleitzman
A moving and convincing child-eye view of what happened to the children of Poland after the Germans invaded. Felix has been placed by his parents in an orphanage for safe-keeping but, when the Germans come and burn the books in... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 23/02/2006
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This year sees the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme (1st July - 18 November 1916). This was one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, as the British and French armies engaged the Germans in a devasting battle of attrition, leaving over one million dead and wounded on all sides.
In commemoration there are a number of newly published books which bring the true human cost of this terrible event to life, and you will find them at the top of this selection of World War Literature.

In 2014 it was 100 years since WW1 began and even though there are now no people alive today who experienced it first-hand, its impact on the world is still apparent today.

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Over the next 4 years a lot of books will be published for children, and WW1 will appear more prominently in the school curriculum, so we will be selecting our favourites, both fiction and non-fiction. We hope it will inspire children never to forget the sacrifices made by their forbears.

Last year was the 70th Anniversary of the end of WW2 and we are still living with its consequences.

World War One, WW1, The Great War, 1914-1918, was on a scale previously unknown. Millions of lives were lost and vast areas of land destroyed. It was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, on 28th June 1914, in Sarajevo.

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The first World War paved the way for major economic, political and social change and the map of Europe was redrawn. In Britain the labour and suffrage movements grew in strength and support. Our Royal family cut ties with their German ancestry and took the new name of the House of Windsor.

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After the armistice on 11 November 1918 The League of Nations was formed with the aim of ensuring such a terrible conflict would never again occur. But with battle-weakened countries unable to defend themselves and rise of fascism, the world was at war once again in 1939.

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World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War (after the recent Great War), was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. It involved the vast majority of the world's nations eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries.

The Second World War began when Hitler, the leader of the German Nazi party, invaded Poland. Britain and France declared War on Germany two days later.
In 1940 Winston Churchill, generally recognised as our greatest wartime leader, had become Prime Minister. Following the German invasion of France large numbers of Allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk across the English Channel, and the German Blitzkrieg began against northern Europe and by 1941 British cities were being targeted by the German Luftwaffe. British success in the Battle of Britain prevented Germany from gaining air superiority and forced Hitler to postpone plans to invade Britain but the Blitz bombing continued. Civilians built bomb-shelters, Anderson Shelters, in their gardens or communal areas and in London the people sheltered in Underground stations. Many children were evacuated from cities to the country to keep them safe.

By 1942 the US had entered the War following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. The Germans had invaded Russia but their surrender at Stalingrad marked the first major defeat for the Germans. D Day in 1944 marked the start of the Allied offensive against German troops in Europe as thousands of soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy with support from the air from over 1300 RAF planes. Russian troops continued their advancement in Eastern Europe and began liberating prisoners in camps including Auschwitz. When the Russians reached Berlin Hitler committed suicide and Germany surrendered on the 7th May 1945. After atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan's surrender followed.

World War II altered the political alignment and social structure of the world. The United Nations (UN) was established to foster international co-operation and prevent future conflicts.

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Barrington Stoke, the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers, has launched a special new website dedicated to literacy and World War One. Reading War is packed with rich content relating to the themes of two Barrington Stoke titles, Over the Line and Tilly’s Promise, with videos, teachers’ guides and stories, diaries and other reading materials created specially for the site. See www.readingwar.co.uk for more.


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