A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

English / Great Britain

The Great War. Stories inspired by objects from the First World War

Various authors (text)
Kay, Jim (illus.)
London: Walker Books, 2014. – 303 p.
ISBN 978-1-4063-5377-8

World War I – Short story

2014 was the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. Therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise that authors, illustrators, and publishers seized the opportunity to tackle this topic in various formats and genres. For this weighty anthology, eleven renowned authors from the UK, Ireland, Australia, the US, and France created moving and surprising stories, each one inspired by a specific object from World War I. In Michael Morpurgo’s “Our Jacko”, an old tin helmet leads to research into the fate of two brothers’ great-great-grandfather during the war. A. L. Kennedy’s “Another Kind of Missing” tells about the special relationship between a little boy and his badly wounded father cemented by a Verners Pattern compass. And in “Maud’s Story” by Adèle Geras, a young woman is reminded by a butter dish of how she secretly helped feed the family by working in a pottery to cover for her pregnant sister. The stories are framed and bound together by stunning, fragmented black-and-white illustrations. (Age: 12+)