Monthly Archives: April 2011

RATS! by Pat Hutchins

Ever wanted a pet so desperately that you schemed and plotted to get your parents to agree to you having one. If yes you will empathise with the main character of this story, Sam. Sam is determined to have a pet rat and buys … Continue reading

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Where’s Julius? by John Burningham

Julius is a boy with great imagination which is encouraged and shared by his parents. We first meet Julius when he shares breakfast with his parents. After this Julius is not available to have any meals with them, he is much to busy having … Continue reading

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Gervelie’s Journey A Refugee Diary by Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young

Published when Gervelie was thirteen; this diary tells us about a young girl’s life in a war torn country, and the difficult if not traumatic decisions her parents made in order to keep her safe. We are exposed to the … Continue reading

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The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland and Tatsuro Kiuchi

Set against the background of the Vietnamese civil war we have a young girl who has to flee her country to escape possible persecution, taking with her a Lotus seed, a symbol of a lost way of life. This young … Continue reading

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One Boy’s War by Lynn Huggins-Cooper and Ian Benfold Haywood

There is an added poignancy to this tale because it is based on a young man who survived. Despite being under age, he, like many of his friends wanted to go off to fight in the Great War especially when … Continue reading

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Tail-End Charlie by Mick Manning & Brita Granström

Based on the stories told to him by his father who was an RAF airgunner during WWII, Mick Manning gives us a different view of the war. From the images and text, you become very aware that the airmen were … Continue reading

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Erika’s Story by Ruth Vander Zee, and Roberto Innocenti

A story of trusting in fate and the kindness of strangers. On their way to a death camp Erika’s parents take a risk to save someone very precious to them. By throwing their baby out of a train carriage. A … Continue reading

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