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First World War - Children's Reading List

War Horse – Michael Morpurgo
In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of true friendship surviving in terrible times.

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave – John Boyne
The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield’s father promised he wouldn’t go away to fight – but he broke that promise the following day. This is a moving and uplifting story of one boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War.

Walter Tull’s Scrapbook: Star Footballer and War Hero – Michaela Morgan
This scrapbook brings alive a man who lived outside the limitations of his time. It tells Walter’s story from his childhood in an orphanage and his footballing years at Spurs and Northampton to the Western Front and the Christmas Day Truce of 1914.

Stories of the First World War – Jim Eldridge
The story of the Great War of 1914 – 1918 told through the experiences of twelve children and young people. From the efforts on the Home Front in both Britain and Germany, to the young soldiers in the trenches at the Western Front and Gallipoli.

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