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Random House Children's Books, Aug 1, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 296 pages
It was the largest conflict the world had ever known. It covered three continents and lasted five years. Millions of soldiers returned wounded, millions more never returned at all. In the summer of 1915, in a small village in Scotland, the Great War has already begun to irrevocably alter the course of five young lives.

Eighteen-year-old John Malcolm enlists in the army, eager to fight for his country. His sweetheart, 15-year-old Charlotte, stays behind to earn her nursing certificate, along with John Malcolm’s twin sister, Maggie, who recognizes the opportunity to create a new life for herself. Charlotte’s brother, Francis, sees only tragedy in the war, but feels the pressure to join up. And Alex, below the recruiting age, is determined to reach the front lines somehow.

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I was three quarters of the way through this before I realised it was a children's book. I hadn't spotted anything being sanitised or simplified - in fact it was a very well thought out examination of ... Read full review

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This was a rather beautiful tale that showcased different aspects of the Great War: Pro-War, Anti-War, Neutrality Home front, war front Women, men Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Theresa Breslin is the author of several award-winning books in Great Britain. She lives in Scotland.

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