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

by David Almond, Marcus Sedgwick, Michael Morpurgo, and Tanya Lee Stone

Physical artifacts from World War I served as the inspiration for each of the short... read more

Physical artifacts from World War I served as the inspiration for each of the short stories in this marvelous collection that explores the experience of war in general, and that war in particular, from a variety of intriguing perspectives. War’s poignancy, tragedy, and irony are all revealed. While most of the stories are set during World War I, many of them on the home front in Britain, a few are set in the present. These feature contemporary child and teen characters encountering an artifact that gives them a new or deeper understanding of war’s human dimensions, which go far beyond those who fight. The same insights extend across the stories, and the volume as a whole does the same for readers. Moody and affecting black-and-white illustrations are paired with the stories, while photographs and descriptions of the items chosen by each storyteller are at volume’s end. (Age 12 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

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