The Red Poppy by David Hill / Fifi Colston. Five minutes ... Two minutes .... Young soldier Jim McLeod waits in the trenches of World War I for the order to attack the enemy. With him are his friends and Nipper, the messenger dog. When they charge across no-man’s land Jim is shot ... and finds himself face to face with an enemy soldier.
The Donkey Who Carried the Wounded by Jackie French. The famous story of Simpson and his donkey - a true Anzac legend Most Australians know of Simpson and his donkey, who became heroes at Gallipoli, even among the Turkish forces. Few know where the donkey came from, or what happened to him after World War I. Or that another man carried on rescuing the wounded with the donkey after Simpson died.
A Soldier's Friend by Megan Rix. SAMMY is a football crazy rescue puppy. MOUSER is a fearless black and white tomcat. Together they make an unlikely pair that won't be parted, not even by the First World War. As the war rages in Europe, Londoners are sending brave animals to help the soldiers - and Mouser and Sammy are soon on their way to the trenches. But on the muddy front line, under fire and constantly in danger, will their friendship be enough to save them so they can return home…
Listen To The Moon by Michael Morpurgo. May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies – injured, thirsty, lost… and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy. Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even – as some islanders suggest – a German spy…? WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat.
Evie's War by Anna Mackenzie. Edwardian England: for Evie, newly arrived from New Zealand, it proves a genteel world of tea parties, tennis and snobbery – but also of the burgeoning suffragette movement and whispers of change. Drawn into the unimaginable conflict and terror of WWI by a commitment to service and to friendship, Evie moves ever further from the protected world of her childhood.
Desert Duel by Jim Eldridge. The story of two of the greatest warlords in history; Montgomery is put in charge of the Allied Eighth Army by Winston Churchill, while ‘The Desert Fox’, Rommel, is Hitler's favourite. They are destined to meet in the blistering heat of the North African desert in one of the most crucial battles of the war. The outcome will change the course of history – but victory will only go to one man…
A Present From The Past by Jennifer Beck / Lindy Fisher. A young girl is reluctantly waiting at the airport for a distant aunt to arrive. She discovers that the aunt is carrying a special gift from the past. During the First World War, soldiers and nurses were given a very special Christmas present from the Princess Mary - a precious box containing sweets or tobacco as the Royal Family's thanks for the hardships they were undertaking.
March to the Sound of the Guns by Ray Grover. Five war stories - Colonel Malone, one of the very few who knows what war is about, trains his men hard. The other 4 are 19-year-olds who volunteer: Harry, the Christian sniper; Jim, the leftwing activist; Frank, the intellectual. Each has no alternative but to endure fear, sickness, wounds, and the imminent prospect of death under the foulest of conditions. Then there is Nelle, the nurse, patching up the remnants of men who have ‘survived'
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. In 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the frontline. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him.
Nice Day For A War by Chris Slane and Matt Elliott. Cyril Elliott was a boy when he enlisted to fight in World War 1, lured by the idea of exciting travel and adventure. What he found was quite different. But misery and terror were made easier by Kiwi humour, mates, and writing a diary.