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Theresa Breslin
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2 Jan 2003 Dream Master

Scotland, 1915. A group of teenagers from two families meet for a picnic, but the war across the Channel is soon to tear them away from such youthful pleasures. All too soon, the horror of what is to become known as The Great War engulfs them, their friends and the whole village. From the horror of the trenches, to the devastating reality seen daily by those nursing the wounded, they struggle to survive - and nothing will ever be the same again.

A powerful and engrossing novel about love and war, from Carnegie Medal-winning author Theresa Breslin.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New Ed edition (2 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552547387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552547383
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An immensely readable, passionately written epic, with an involving, fast-moving plot constantly challenging readers' assumptions" (Guardian)

"Young readers will find themselves swept along with Breslin's engaging cast into a world where duty and compassion must somehow co-exist" (TES)

"Breslin brilliantly weaves the themes of emancipation, class, love, propaganda and the machinations of war into the story of how these young lives are changed with a light touch that belies the seriousness of the subject" (Financial Times)

"Breslin's light touch and beautiful prose give the harrowing sights and sounds of the war a much more human feel . . . A novel that will stay with me for a long time" (The Bookseller)

"Theresa Breslin is simply a superb writer and I strongly recommend this novel to all readers" (Teen Titles)

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An unforgettable novel from a Carnegie Medal-winning author about the devastating effects of World War One on the lives of five young people.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!!!! 9 July 2005
At school we were told 2 read this book, i was apprehensive at first as it seemed boring, the fact that this book was about the war didn't help either. After the book had been sitting on my bedside table collecting dust, finally i picked it up and started to read.
After reading the first two chapters rather unwillingly, i got into the book. It is a story about two families with rather different backgrounds - the daughters become closer and discover similarity in their totatally different lives. We feel the emotions of two girls bonding and coping with their loss and pain together.
We feel the terror and destruction of war, yet the beauty and forgivness that can be acheived.
I loved this story and felt myself crying for and admiring the characters.I am glad i read the book after all, and don't be put off by its war background. It is a gripping tale of romance, loss and pain.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 1 Jan 2006
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Theresa Breslin gives the readers an insight into the terrible Great War, focusing on it from various angles. The five main characters, all young, contribute to and are affected by the war in different ways - from young men fighting in France, to the women working in hospitals and ammunition factories. The book follows the story of two families from very different backgrounds, but who are brought together by the terror of war, as they try to cope with the loss of loved ones. Each character views the war differently, giving us the impression of conflict between people during the war, but above all, we are shown how people were united, how they identified with each other despite their social differences, and how they managed to cope throughout their sorrow. A fantastic read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a book for all ages!!!! 5 Nov 2004
when my mum first bought me this book i hadn't done anything about the first world war at school so i didn't want to read it, but after i began learning about it in history and i started to realise what those millions of young men (some only my age) went through during those terrible, terrible years. then i decided that i had 2 read this book to see what it was really like for these men - just boys really - and the girls side of it: going away to france to nurse the dreadful wounds of the heros that helped this country.
i love the fact that there are letters written from all the five main characters in the book which tells stories about the war from the views different areas of the war: front-line, the difference between the hospital in the small village where they live to the hospital tents in france.
when i finished reading this book i just went straight back to the beginning and read the whole thing all over again. this is definately my favourite book of all time and i recommend this great novel to anyone, any age.
i hope you enjoy it as much as i have.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb elegy for the loss of youth. 6 Feb 2002
Remembrance is a superb book centred on the lives of children from two families in the same northern village during WW1. Maggie and John Malcolm live in the local village shop where they wokk alongside their parents and Charlotte and Francis live in the "big house". The story progresses through the war and shows how the lives of the characters become intertwined. The boys go off to war and the girls do war work; working in munitions and nursing. Nothing is as straighforward as it seems and we hear of the boys progress via their letters home from the front line.
This is a very moving book, beautifuly written and reminded me of Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth - very similar issues and feelings are explored. This is an excellent novel for readers in years 7-9 and would dovetail perfectly with any project on WW1
I would highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remembrance 16 Nov 2003
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This is poignant story of the loss and sadness of the First World War is expertly told by Carnegie Medal-winning author Theresa Breslin. It is the story of 5 young people growing up during the war and the effects war and fighting have on them. This is one of those books that will leave you shocked and saddened, I defy anyone who has read this book not to be left with a tear in their eye at the end. Truly one of the best modern books and one that will stay with you for the rest of you life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it or miss out!! 14 Oct 2003
This book follows the lives of four young men and women throughout the great war. It shows the huge loss of life and the grief that followed the death of a loved one. Remembrance shows life during the war from the point of view of these young adults, showing the reader how much the war changes them. Whether they are changed for the better or worse, is up to the reader to decide. The different characters are followed throughout their quest to do what is right, and to do something to help the Great War. A touching story, that, although depressing, is definitely worth the read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything 24 Feb 2003
Wow! This book is amazing I read it in 3 days! A touching tale of five youths (aged 14-20ish) and how World War one affects them. This story takes place in Scotland, France and Belgium. While easy to keep a record of the characters relationships it is more difficult to keep track of what is going on with each of them at an exact time. While I loved this book it was at times a little confusing and hard to follow. Do not let that put you off it! Try to read it and be patient because it can take a while to get hooked. My favourite thing about this book is the letters written back and forth through the characters. This is because they are written with miss spellings and sometimes hard to read handwriting, so they are more realistic. Order this book and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious novel which achieves the perfect balance
I was grabbed by this book straightway. The characters are clear and the setting is one which is well used in fiction. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janie U
3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read, But Nothing New
Although I know a fair amount about it, I haven't read many books about the First World War. I think the Second World War was so big that most of the stories tend to be set there,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss Victoria Ramage
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Book
A good book for all ages that is easy to read and sets the tone of the times so very well, gently introducing the great war and its dreadful waste of life in an informative way. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rememberance
A very tidy and clean bookand cover.I enjoyed reading this book and will look out for this auther again on amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remembrance
I read this book a couple of times a few years ago. I remembered it as a well written and moving book then, and it did not disappoint this time either.
Published 16 months ago by gilly
5.0 out of 5 stars What I imagined it would be like.
Beautifully written story with lots of understanding about the lives of those at war. Dealt with a lot of issues of the time and situations that people were put in. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Beanisss
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandingly beautiful
This is a book that compares with Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. It's heroes and heroines are folk from a local village. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by Thirty five
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
This book is one of the best I have ever read, the characters have a period feel of their time, staying true to the period. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2011 by saran
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected! :)
Being interested in the First World War, and having the love of reading books, this book seemed a good option for an early summer read. And I was not mistaken. Read more
Published on 13 July 2010 by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful CD version of the book
I was completely bowled over by the Audio version of this book (sadly, abridged).
It was so tastefully written and so beautifully read by Frances Thorburn and Gary Bakewell. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2010 by DubaiReader
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