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War Stories for Boys (My Story Collections)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2010
My 10 year old is not a reluctant reader, but I do find it difficult to get him to agree to read new books - we spend ages in the library where he steadfastly refuses to look at anything! He has enjoyed several series of books recently, but I chose this as he had expressed an interest in the Second World War, and loves planes. I bought it for him yesterday and he has been unable to put it down since picking it up - ignoring TV, comptuer, and virtually everything else! To my mind that's a definite hit.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2011
Our somewhat reluctant reader , 11 year old son, is now reading this book for the third time! Need I say more?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2010
My 10 year old son could not be moved from his war games on xbox until we discovered this book. Now we are looking for more of the same type to keep the momentum going.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this for my 10 year old grandson. He does read but nothing yet has persuaded him towards fiction or indeed any sustained personal writing. This is certainly no crime but not reading at all takes its toll in terms of limited vocabulary and probably poor expression as well. Apart from football books and dips into pre-history, this is the first book that has really fired his imagination and had him reading with enthusiasm. The accounts are wonderfully stimulating in themselves and carry the great advantage of being written in clear, direct English. They shun graphic description of the horrors of war but are a far cry from the fictionalised gung-ho accounts once so popular for boys of this age group and beyond. Instead personal involvement and sincerity operate their own pull. Not all of this series are so angled towards boys. There are books which may excite more interest in girls and many that cross gender barriers.

It is rare to find quality writing aimed at the pre-teen and just beyond age groups. For this reason among others, many children, those not yet sophisticated enough to move on to the more available adult classics, stop reading in any systematic fashion at around this age. I thoroughly recommend this fine series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2015
When reading the My Story series of books it is always wise when buying the larger combilation books of stories, that you do not already own them as separate books.
This book contains The Battle Of Britain, Desert Danger and D Day, the first story takes the experiences of a Spitfire pilot whilst
involved in the battle of the skies over Britain, it goes on to show how scared these pilots were and their short life expectancy,
The second story Desert Danger tells the story of a young engineer at El Alamein, the difficult and dangerous job of clearing mine fields and the eventual defeat of Rommel.
The final story takes us to the D Day landings and one officers experiences of the fierce fighting and high casualties involved with the final defeat of Germany, the actual book was a good read
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2010
My son wrote this review for a school project....

THREE BOOKS IN ONE,AIRPLANES AND INFANTRY.

This is a book your mum doesn't want you to read, but a great book for people who love war. Personally I love the RAF I love the airplane story because it has lots of action in it. All the stories give you a good idea about the environment they are in. It really says it all on the cover.

"I was in a plane. I saw a Jerry at 4 o'clock. I heard a series of bursts. A few scratching noises. I saw some holes in my right and left wing. Before I knew it I was gliding down to the sea. I kept thinking, `these might be the last breaths I ever take'.........."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2013
Bought this for my son for christmas. He's 9 years old so a bit hard for him to read to himself so I read it to him. We both really enjoyed it - it's a thick book so it was our treat every evening for some weeks. Having the stories told from a personal perspective really made my son engage with the characters and follow the story in a way he wouldn't have done if it had been written in a "history book" way. It's a great mixture of story and facts and harsh reality of war, bringing it home in a very realistic way. As well as enjoying the story, he learned a lot from it, and it's prompted further discussions. He liked the photos in it too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2011
This is a con - my son already has Battle of Britain and D Day landings as individual books - nowhere on the spiel does it say that these individual books are 2/3rds of this book.
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on 13 March 2014
I know my 11year old loves War movies so I took a chance (he does not read many books)
he says he likes it and it is so interesting. Hope this is the start of him reading books again
instead of games on his little screen - whatever it is called!!
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on 15 May 2013
This is the other must read (along with War Stories for Girls) that is doing the rounds of my book club at school - they (mostly girls aged 10-11) love it. I think my name's at the bottom of the list to read it.
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