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The Last Soldier

Written by Keith Gray

Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on The Last Soldier

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 form of a gruesome exhibit in the Museum of Marvels at a travelling carnival: the remains – real? – of a soldier, supposedly the last to die in World War One. It preys on Joe, a young man fighting his own battles in the small Texas town where he’s growing up, and on his brother, Wade, desperate to stop Joe leaving as their father did, never to return. Thoroughly involving, this is a powerful piece of storytelling. Andrea Reece

Commenting on his nomination for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize Keith said:  “I'm surprised, excited and genuinely honoured to have ‘The Last Soldier’ shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize. It's extremely unusual to have a work of short fiction considered for a prestigious literary award and I hope the readers enjoy finding the big story, big characters, and big emotions in such a small book.”

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

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Find out more about The Last Soldier and being a reluctant reader in this special blog piece by Keith Gray.

The Last Soldier Synopsis

Nothing much happens in Joe and Wade's dusty town. There's not much excitement in Joe and his brother's lives - just grinding poverty and the occasional run-in with the neighbours. The only highlight is the arrival of the carnival, with its mermaid, wolfman and baby dragon. This year, there's a new attraction - the Last Soldier of World War One. What message does he have for the boys...?

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

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ISBN: 9781781124390
Publication date: 15/05/2015
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781124390
Publication date: 15th May 2015
Author: Keith Gray
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 88 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Historical Fiction
Recommendations: Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners, The First World War

About Keith Gray

31-year-old Keith was born and brought up in Grimsby and knew from an early age that he wanted to be a writer. When he received 0% for his accountancy exams he decided to pursue his dream. He has since gone on to win the Angus Book Award and the silver medal in the Smarties Prize. He has twice been shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teen Prize and the Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Rave reviews about his writing have appeared in every broadsheet. Keith was a judge for the Blue Peter Book Award, the ...

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