Wave

Written by Paul Dowswell

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LoveReading View on Wave

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, underage, in a rush of excitement and tragically so does his even younger brother. His experience of the trenches and the Battle of the Somme is vividly described, though the facts are well known now this feels a very personal account. Charlie survives, but changed by his experiences. Two images stick in the mind: fruit cakes sent to the soldiers by mothers and wives at home; Charlie years later pacing the streets at night unable to escape the memories of the trenches. Charlie’s great-grandsons have a part to play too, and through them we see how even a century on, the effects of the war are still felt. ~ Andrea Reece

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

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Wave Synopsis

Brothers Eddie and Charlie find a photo of the great-great-uncles they were named after and discover an amazing story of WWI, at the Front and back at home. Assured that the Germans have been destroyed by bombardment, the earlier Eddie and Charlie are sent into No Man's Land in the 'First Wave' of the Somme. But when Charlie is forced to leave Eddie behind, his life is haunted by grief and guilt.

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

Wave Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Robert Heathcote, age 13 - 'I have never read a book through before because I soon lose interest however this book is short and manageable but it also has a good story-line and this kept my interest all the way through.'
  • Dylan De Los Santos, age 11 - 'Wave is an amazing book about the history of war and the point of view of a soldier in the war.'
  • Joseph Harris-Hart, age 14 - 'A great historical fiction, short story which I would recommend.'
  • Alec Faulkner, age 12 - 'A short book but with a great storyline that kept me gripped all the way through.'
  • Anastasia Abdian, age 11 - 'Wave is a moving yet eye-opening book about some of the horrors of WWI ...This book will bring a tear to your eye with the reality and heart-retching sadness of it.'
  • Emily Kirby, age 12 - 'It’s quite a good story.'
  • Dylan De Los Santos, age 11 - 'Wave is an amazing book about the history of war and the point of view of a soldier in the war.'
  • Robert Heathcote, age 13 - 'I have never read a book through before because I soon lose interest however this book is short and manageable but it also has a good story-line and this kept my interest all the way through.'
  • Kyle Chaplin, age 10 - 'I find it hard to ‘get into’ books yet I still really enjoyed reading this book and would suggest to anyone else like me.'

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ISBN: 9781781125625
Publication date: 15/06/2016
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781125625
Publication date: 15th June 2016
Author: Paul Dowswell
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 88 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Thrillers
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children, The First World War

About Paul Dowswell

Paul Dowswell cemented his position as one-to-watch in the world of children’s historical fiction with his much-acclaimed WWII novel, Ausländer. Throughout all of his fiction, Paul weaves meticulous research into thrilling narrative that will engage young readers. A former senior editor with Usborne Publishing, Paul Dowswell is now a full-time author. He has written many non-fiction titles, two of which were shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. Powder Monkey, his first novel, was published to huge critical acclaim. Ausländer was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the Red House Children’s ...

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