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The Trenches: A First World War Soldier, 1914-1918 (My Story)
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2002
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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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2003
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2010
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
on 26 October 2010
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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on 2 June 2015
By Jim Eldridge
Although this is aimed at youngsters, as an adult reader, I have enjoyed several of the ‘My Story’ books and “The Trenches” was no different. For those of you unfamiliar with the ‘My Story’ books they enable the reader to experience history through the eyes of a fictional person who was there in at the time.
“The Trenches” is the story of Billy Stevens who in 1917 is stationed near Ypres working as a telegraph operator. He sees the war through the eyes not only of a British Tommy but is allowed a glimpse of how the ‘top brass’ live. Billy experiences the not only the horror of trench warfare but also the amazing camaraderie between fellow soldiers. He soon learns that orders have to be obeyed and that the bullets of his fellow soldiers are also aimed sometimes at their own.
As an adult, I naturally knew much of the information in the book but even so I found it very readable and would be perfect for introducing an older child / young adult to the causes of World War One, the reality of life in a trench and what their great great / great grandparents went through to secure their lives as they know them today.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2009
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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on 7 August 2013
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.

As I get older my interest in the past grows and I think it is important that we never forget what people did for our freedom. The events of the First World War are pretty horrific and in this account you get to savour what it was like in an easy read. This is a great book for my children aged 9 & 10 to read and get a feel of what actually happened.

Highly recommended.
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on 1 November 2014
Bought for my Grandson who had become very interested in the wars. Good for him to read the story of what the soldiers went through. He was amazed and upset that so many of the soldiers were the same age as him and some even younger. I think it has made him appreciate all that he has because of people like them. In his words they really are heroes, not rap stars or footballers.
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on 27 January 2014
I found this book fascinating but also very realistic and a little bit tragic. History lovers will really enjoy this story.

I would recommend this book to people aged 9+.

Now I have read this book I can't wait to read the rest of his "My Story" series!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2005
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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