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The Trenches: Billy Stevens, the Western Front, 1914-1918 (My Story) [Paperback]

Jim Eldridge
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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19 April 2002
JUNE 1917 Mustard gas! A feeling of panic hit me and I scrambled to get my respirator over my face before the killer gas got into my mouth and nose and burnt my lungs. It burned everything it touched. Eyes. Skin. And it always found a way in. Like now, I could feel where it had crept up inside the sleeves of my uniform and the skin on my arms felt like it was on fire. I threw myself into a muddy hole, pushing my arms under water, but I knew it was already too late. I stumbled to my feet, saturated, with the weight of wet mud clinging to me. I couldn't move. I couldn't see...


Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; First Edition edition (19 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439994225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439994224
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mum's review! 9 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is not so much a review on the book itself but more about its effect. This book was bought by chance for my thirteen year old son. He is a very reluctant reader and finds reading and English very difficult. He has sadly only read one book in the past year. This is despite being given lots of encouragement by us all. However, this book was read by him inside a week, at every available opportunity he picked it up. He has told us all what a great book it is, how interesting he found it and how the words were put together in such a way that he could really imagine being around during that time. He has now asked me to get him another two books from the same series, because he wants to read some more. Now what book could have a better recommendation than that? Thank you to the author and the publishers.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Trenches-a good read! 18 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback
This book while based on historical events is not portrayed as a normal history book. As it follows the character Billy Stevens, a fictional character through his experiences of WW1, serving in the British army. Basing his story on facts of the time and how he dealt with them, it really does bring home the sacrifices the men made in WW1. All in all a good read, and you dont have to like history to like this book, it is more about human endurance. BUY IT!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trenches book 10 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
My son who is 13 had stoped reading...this started him again! He loves this book. There aren't many Non fiction books on this subject and this is one of the best. Buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for boys who love history. 26 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this for my 10 year old son who read one of the series at school. He loved this book and has now gone on to read others from the series. He's even recommended it to his friends. Great for boys who are interested in history.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let your kids live through the 1st world war! 14 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
My 8yr old son was gripped by this book and no amount of history lessons or educational history books could possibly bring the horrors of WW1 home to children more realistically and emotionally than this fictional diary of a First World war soldier Billy Stevens, (aged just 16 when joining up to fight for his country). I would recommend this book for 8yrs and above (depending on how emotionally mature your 8yr old is). Personally I think, however shocking, every child should know what a huge sacrifice this generation made for them and us. All the main facts and historical events of WW1 are covered in this book and your child will actually feel the atmosphere through the thoughts and feelings of Billy. Also great, (and very educational) read for adults. BUY IT!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amzing book 18 Dec 2005
Format:Paperback
It was realy sad at some bits how his best friend died.I would recomed his book to an adult or child. Iread this book in a oner. I have read this book 5 times and i still don't get bored of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent item
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 2 July 2014
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Enjoyed the story. Will be enjoyed by nine to eleven year olds.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 23 hours ago by Goeff Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant Book!
I found this book fascinating but also very realistic and a little bit tragic. History lovers will really enjoy this story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. M. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Good.
Got this book for my son to read at school and he loved it. He's requested more of the series, this an achievement for the author as previously he wasn't too keen on reading. Read more
Published 6 months ago by natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trenches: A First World War Soldier, 1914-1918 (My Story)
This is a very good account of a fictionally person who saw service in the First World War, the fact and places are correct. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Richard Goodall
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic account
I bought this book as part of a collection via a book club. I was engrossed by the style of writing, and loved the extra information at the end. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Vanessa Wester
4.0 out of 5 stars The Trenches: A First World War Soldier, 1914-1918 (My Story)
Very good read about this one soldier as can picture my uncle doing nearly the same in the Trenches.

I will certainly recommend this boof to friends
Published 12 months ago by Susan Mudd
3.0 out of 5 stars dyslexic
ordered thinking this was written in mind of dyslexics as was the book Bomb by jim eldridge but not the same,may be for an older boy!
Published 17 months ago by sue collington
5.0 out of 5 stars War book
Bought this book for my son as he's well into world wars and guns.he really enjoyed it, reading it again.
Published 18 months ago by stephen curran
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for someone who loves war stories but hate stories that are...
this was a present for my husband this was the first book he finished in record time because it was straight to the point
Published 18 months ago by Patricia Mc mahon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trenches
Another in the series My Story, well written and a great story, but still in the background the war crimes of our own leaders sensing our soldiers to certain death
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
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