Auckland Libraries: ANZAC stories for tweens

ANZAC stories for tweens

This list of ANZAC stories for tweens features titles about young ANZAC heroes. They are the perfect companion for those who prefer a simpler storyline.

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Anzac boys

Tony Bradman

Book

A gripping historical tale of two brothers, based on a tragic actual episode of World War One. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 9+.

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My brother's war

David Hill

Book

It's New Zealand, 1914, and war has just broken out in Europe. William enlists for the army but his brother, Edmund, is a conscientious objector. Their experiences at the front line will challenge the beliefs that led them there.

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Evan's Gallipoli

Kerry Greenwood

Book

Evan's survival story takes readers beyond the frontline and creates an all-encompassing account of this significant time in our military history. Impeccably researched, this is an eye-opening adventure story that explores both sides of the war.

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1914

Sophie Masson

Book

As Europe descends into war, Louis convinces his parents to let him go to the front as a war correspondent. Sent to France, Louis witnesses the war's first battles. His friends join the war effort too, with, and against, each other.

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1915

Sally Murphy

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When Australia throws its support behind Britain against Germany, young teacher Stan Moore is one of the first to join up. Though conditions are dismal, and death is everywhere, so is the humour and bravery that is the true spirit of Anzac.

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In the Lamplight

Dianne Wolfer

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Published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, this is the story of Rose, a young English girl turned nurse who cares for and falls in love with Jim, the Light Horse Boy.

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Gallipoli

Alan (Alan R.) Tucker

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Fourteen-year-old Victor March enlists to fight in the Great War. He is among the first soldiers to land at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915. In his diary, Victor records the horrors of war, and the story of Australia's most legendary military campaign.

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Light horse boy

Dianne Wolfer

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In 1914, Jim and Charlie abandon the Australian outback for the excitement and adventure of the war to end all wars. But in the Light Horse, they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline. And nothing will ever be the same again.

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The horses didn't come home

Pamela Rushby

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The last great cavalry charge in history took place in the Sinai Desert in 1917. It was Australian soldiers and horses that won this victory. The men claimed it was their horses that won the day. But in the end, the horses didn't come home.

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My father's war

Sophie Masson

Book

Marie's dad has been away for two years in northern France. Marie and her mother decide to stop waiting and travel to France. There she experiences what war is like, as she tries to piece together the clues behind her dad's disappearance.

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1918

Des Hunt

Book

Four Christmases have passed since the world went to war in 1914. Struggling to survive in the trenches, close to enemy lines, amid the terror of gunfire and the whine of warplanes, Kiwi soldier, Henry Hunt, rescues a shaken little dog.

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Jimmy's war

Sherryl Clark

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It's 1915 in Melbourne's inner west and Jimmy has left school to support his family while his brother is away at war. When his brother returns, he is a different person.

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