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The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War

Written by Various Authors

Illustrated by Jim Kay

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The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War Review

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Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal   |     Although this collection of stories about the First World War opens with familiar lines from Wilfred Owen’s Anthem for Doomed Youth, it offers new ways to consider the war and the effect it had on the generation who lived through it, powerfully reminding us too why it’s so important we still remember them. Eleven authors have contributed, acclaimed writers from the UK and overseas. Each takes as inspiration an object connected to the war, something iconic like the Victoria Cross featured in Timothée de Fombelle’s story, oras personal as a compass, which indirectly inspires A. L. Kennedy’s, or the soldier’s writing case at the heart of David Almond’s superb A World that Has no War In It. Illustrations are by award-winner Jim Kay, sharp, stuttering shapes that break into the stories, or beautiful full pages, atmospheric and raw. Unmissable. 

Stories of World War One, edited by Tony Bradman and War Girls edited by Adele Geras are also fine collections featuring first-class authors, the latter telling stories through the eyes of women. Barroux’s striking graphic novel Line of Fire, based on the real diary of an unknown French soldier, makes one man’s experiences into something that all can understand. ~ Andrea Reece


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. ~ Julia Eccleshare


The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War Synopsis

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.

The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War Press Reviews

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

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

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ISBN: 9781406370713
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406370713
Publication date: 3rd November 2016
Author: Various Authors
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Short Stories

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