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In this powerful collection, eleven internationally acclaimed fiction writers draw on personal objects to bring the First World War to life for readers of all ages.

A toy soldier, a butter dish, and a compass—mundane objects, perhaps, but to the remarkable authors in this collection, artifacts such as these have inspired stories that go to the heart of the human experience of World War I. Each author was invited to choose an object that had a connection to the war—a writing kit for David Almond, a helmet for Michael Morpurgo—and use it as the inspiration for an original short story. What results is an extraordinary collection.

A blend of fiction and real-life events, this unique anthology provides young readers with a personal window into the Great War and the people affected by it, and it serves as an invaluable resource for families and teachers alike.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A stunning anthology of stories.”

    WRD magazine

  • “Eleven authors mark the centenary of WWI with original short stories that are simultaneously poignant, thought-provoking, and relevant.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The stories…say something profound about memory and loss and what it means to wage war…Each story, lovingly crafted, shows a different facet of war in the same way that each artifact reflects something different about the time…Extraordinary.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[A] superlative collection…beautifully written.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “As there are no living World War I veterans to tell their stories, this profound collection may be as close as some readers will get to truly understanding the emotional devastation of one of the world’s bloodiest wars.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Readers will likely discover resonant offerings among this collection.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “Physical items from WWI inspired this collection of eleven short stories, but no visuals are necessary to bring these powerful generation-spanning tales to life. The listener will recognize the accents of Scots, Aussies, African-American, French, Irish, and English characters as six different narrators (one per story) reveal uniquely personal tolls of war through the eyes of soldiers, siblings, children, families, and young workers. After each fictional story, a narrator briskly describes the actual item that inspired it, for example, a helmet, compass, or butter dish…Listeners will also be greatly affected by these compelling stories of loss, luck, patriotism, and perseverance at war and at home.”


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