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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 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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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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It was a great book for my I like story of the First World War I would recommend this book for all
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By A Customer on 9 July 2005
Format: Paperback
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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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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I remember being very affected by this when I read it in my teens and to this day it still has me welling up. It is a beautifully written tribute to World War One, tailored for a younger reader and to give them a broad idea of the War and the changing attitudes on the early 20th century. A haunting tale that I would thoroughly recommend to any young reader.
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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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By A Customer on 16 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
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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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.

The interplay between the characters is moving to read, as you see things from their view point so young in the beginning of the plot, to progress to become old and war weary by the end.
The descriptions of the battle front is clear and crisp,one of the most powerful aspects of the plot is Francis- the main male character descent into mental collapse at his presence in the battle zone.

This book covers vast subjects (WWI battle front), whilst focusing in the crisp minute the need of humans to maintain a fragment of normality, via devises of humor i.e. the battle of the raising skirt hems.

The exchange of ideas and development of the relationship between Francis and Maggie is very interesting and moving. Unveiled, mainly by letters, the devise of which moves the story along without allowing it to fall into sentimental byways.
Not only does there personal relationship grow, Not only does their personal relationship grow, Maggie's intellectual growth stimulus his, Maggie also as her capacity to reason expands, begins to question her(and females in whole) role in society.

It appears at first sight a simple story however it's well crafted in its development of characters and plot using many types of standpoints.
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