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War Girls Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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"War Girls gathers together some of the finest writers for older readers to bring to life the impact the First World War had on women... Excellent" (Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller)
"Remarkable collection of powerfully moving stories." (Ham & High)
"Nine stories, making good starting points for discussions of themes like courage, loss and social attitudes." (The Herald (Glasgow))
"A thought provoking collection… it's quite a feat to have so many prize winning authors together, each producing such diverse stories." (Books for Keeps)
"Remarkable collection…powerfuly moving." (Wood & Vale)
About the Author
Adele Geras (Author) ADELE GERAS was born in Jerusalem and travelled widely as a child. She started writing over twenty-five years ago and has published more than 80 titles. Ithaka was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Whitbread Chirldren's Book Award. She lives in Manchester with her husband and has two grown-up daughters and two grandchildren.Melvin Burgess (Author) Melvin Burgess was born in London and brought up in Surrey and Sussex. He has had a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4. He is now regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature, having won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for his acclaimed novel Junk.Berlie Doherty (Author) Berlie Doherty began writing for children in 1983, after teaching and working in radio. She has written more than 35 books for children, as well as for the theatre, radio and television. Berlie has won the Carnegie Medal twice: in 1987 for GRANNY WAS A BUFFER GIRL and in 1992 for DEAR NOBODY. She has also won the Writer's Guild Children's Fiction Award for DAUGHTER OF THE SEA. Her work is published all over the world, and many of her books have been televised.Mary Hooper (Author) Mary has been writing professionally for over twenty years and has published nearly eighty books for children and young people. She has written funny books, 'issue' books and spooky books, and has now settled into doing what she loves best: writing historical novels centering around real situations (The Great Plague in 1665, for example) and real people (Anne Green, who was hanged for infanticide in Oxford, 1650).Anne Fine (Author) Anne Fine is one of our most distinguished writers for children. She has written over fifty highly acclaimed books and has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and both the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and the Carnegie Medal twice over. Anne was appointed the Children's Laureate from 2001-3, and her work has been translated into over forty languages. In 2003 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded an OBE. Anne lives in County Durham.Theresa Breslin (Author) THERESA BRESLIN is the Carnegie Medal winning author of over thirty books for children & young adults whose work has appeared on stage, radio and TV. Her books are hugely popular with young people, librarians and teachers. Remembrance, her top selling YA novel of youth in WW1, has now been reissued to include Book Notes. The Dream Master was shortlisted for the Children's Book Award. Divided City was shortlisted for ten book awards, winning two outright.Rowena House (Author) Debut author Rowena House experienced war first-hand as a Reuters' foreign correspondent in Africa. Her War Girls story won a competition run by Andersen Press for creative writing Masters students at Bath Spa University.
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My favourite stories were Mary Hooper's Storm in a Teashop, with its delightfully naive central character; this was one of those stories where you want to shout LOOK BEHIND YOU! The Marshalling of Angelique's Geese by Rowena House was brilliant too, taking us across to France for an insight into the hard work and desperation of the women trying to keep the farms going while the men are fighting and offering us a sinister glimpse into the great flu epidemic. I also thought Sally Nicholls' story rounded off the collection so well with its look at the aftermath at the war and both the problems and the changes which it meant for women. Altogether a worthwhile read.
Because of the authors involved it’s no surprise that each of these stories is well written but given the short amount of time it’s impressive how each story has fully developed characters. I loved how varied the collection is and that it’s not just about women in Great Britain.
There were 3 stories that really stood out; Mother and Mrs Everington by Melvin Burgess, Sky Dancer by Berlie Doherty & Going Spare by Sally Nicholls. I was actually reading Mother and Mrs Everington in the canteen at work and remember trying not to cry.
I don’t think I’ll forget these quotes:
“It’s because I longer particularly care who wins this bloody war. I no longer care, because whoever is proclaimed the victor, I am sure of only one thing – we will have all lost.”
- Mother and Mrs Everington by Melvin Burgess
“They didn’t just do nothing,” I said. “All those women. They changed the world.”
- Going Spare by Sally Nicholls
My favourite of the nine was Storm in a Teashop by Mary Hopper, a story of a young waitress whom does her bit for the country in a unique way.
I have enjoyed this book very much and I will defiantly be sharing this book with my children.
and even gritty in parts. The book would make a lovely gift for either a girl or a boy to dip into. Beautifully written and produced.