The First World War The First World War

To mark the centenary of the end of World War One, 2018 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 First World War. We will refresh the list on a regular basis as new titles are published.

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 ReviewedPeace Lily
Hilary Robinson
March 2018 Book of the Month Beautifully illustrated and with a touching rhyming text this is another excellent book to give young children a real sense of World War One. Lily, Ben and Ray are childhood friends, spending long summer... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/03/2018
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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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The Christmas Truce
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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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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A Song for Will and The Lost Gardeners of Heligan
Hilary Robinson
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | May 2017 Book of the Month | This deeply moving story perfectly conveys the devastating impact of the First World War both on those who took part and those they... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2017
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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 01/01/1970
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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 01/01/1970
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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 01/01/1970
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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 13/07/2003
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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 ReviewedThe Goose Road
Rowena House
April 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Inspiring WW1 against-the-odds adventure | It's 1916 and fourteen-year-old Angelique is working on the family farm when she learns that her detested father has been killed in action, while her... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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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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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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'Lest we forget'

It is 100 years since the end of WW1 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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Throughout the anniversary years of WW1 there have been a lot of books published for children, and WW1 appears 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.

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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Described as the First World War, because it involved countries from every inhabited continent in the World although the vast majority of the fighting took place on what became known as the Western and Eastern fronts, on either side of Germany.

The Battle of the Somme (1st July - 18 November 1916) 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.

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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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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