books: war

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders (8+ years)

51C-3Gezi0LHave you ever wondered what happened to the Five Children and Itcharacters when the First World War began? Cyril is off to fight, Anthea is at art college, Robert is a Cambridge scholar and Jane is at high school. The Lamb is the grown up age of 11, and he has a little sister, Edith, in tow. The sand fairy has become a creature of stories … until he suddenly reappears. The siblings are pleased to have something to take their minds off the war, but this time the Psammead is here for a reason, and his magic might have a more serious purpose. Before this last adventure ends, all will be changed, and the two younger children will have seen the Great War from every possible viewpoint – factory-workers, soldiers and sailors, nurses and the people left at home, and the war’s impact will be felt right at the heart of their family.

If you liked this book, you may also like: Five Children and It by E. Nesbit


Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (10+ years)

tomYoung Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War.  A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley – but his new found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London…  Full-blown characters to love and hate with moments of aching grief and joy.  A classic.

If you liked this book, you may also like: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (9+ years)

pjsNine-year-old Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in pre-war Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command of a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth called Shmuel, strangely dressed in striped pyjamas, but their friendship is to cost them a great deal more than what they had at first imagined.  An extraordinary book – hugely powerful.

If you liked this book, you may also like: Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian


Once by Morris Gleitzman (10+ years)

Once‘Once I escaped from an orphanage to find Mum and Dad. Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house. Once I made a Nazi with toothache laugh. My name is Felix. This is my story.’ Brilliantly told – Gleitzman gets right inside Felix’s head. He makes you laugh – and he makes you cry. This book stays with you way beyond the last pages.

If you liked this book, you may also like: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.



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 ‘Reading stays with you until the very end – after Narnia is gone, Lord Voldemort is defeated and Alice is awake…’ (Anonymous)

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