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ANZAC Boys

Written by Tony Bradman

Illustrated by Ollie Cuthbertson

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction

LoveReading View on ANZAC Boys

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 orphaned they go to live at St Patrick’s orphanage. It’s a terrible place, with the priests the worst thing about it. The boys are soon sent from the orphanage to live in Australia, round the other side of the world. Despite Bert’s promise to his little brother that he’ll always look after him, the two are forced apart, only to meet years later on the battlefield of Gallipoli, where Bert gets the chance to be true to his word at last. Written specifically with dyslexic or struggling readers in mind, this short novel tells a powerful, dramatic story and has a wide appeal. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 9+.

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ANZAC Boys Synopsis

A gripping historical tale based on a tragic episode of World War One. Bert and his little brother Frank are orphans. Determined to stay together, tragedy strikes when they are transported out of the country to serve as cheap labour in the British colonies and end up separated; Bert to Australia and Frank to New Zealand. Years pass. As the Great War dawns in Europe, the ANZACs send their soldiers to storm Gallipoli, but can the battlefield also serve as a reunion for the two brothers?

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Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 9+

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ISBN: 9781781124345
Publication date: 15/02/2015
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781124345
Publication date: 15th February 2015
Author: Tony Bradman
Illustrator: Ollie Cuthbertson
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 112 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction

About Tony Bradman

Tony Bradman was born in 1954 (not during the Jurassic era, as his children have been known to claim). He went to school in London, and then Cambridge University. After university he worked in the music press, then became Deputy Editor of Parents magazine, and began reviewing children’s books. He had his first book for children published in 1985 and became a full-time author in 1987. He is a hugely prolific author with a particular passion for bringing history to life for young people. He is a regular at all the major literary festivals, reviews for The Guardian and is the ...

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