Auckland Libraries: Anzac reads for teens

Anzac reads for teens

The titles in this list feature young ANZAC heroes and describe many of the harsh realities of those years. Readers who are looking to learn the history of that time in the shape of a story will enjoy these.

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Eventual poppy day

Libby Hathorn

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Libby Hathorn has drawn on family history and research to write a fascinating book that profiles two young men who are related: Maurice, and his great-great nephew, Oliver, whose discovery of Maurice's diary changes the way he sees the world.

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My brother's keeper

Tony Bradman

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A novel of the First World War. Alfie signs up for the army aged just 15, carried away by patriotic fervour at the start of the Great War. Life is hard in the trenches and soon Alfie begins to understand what war truly means.

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Evie's war

Anna Mackenzie

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Evie is 18 and excited by the prospect of a tour of Europe. Instead, she finds herself immersed in war. A heart-breaking and brilliantly poignant novel.

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Silent

David Mellon

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This novel set during World War I features a girl who must pretend to be a male soldier to save her brothers. With strength and cunning, she decides to cut her hair and put on a uniform to slip unnoticed through the early days of World War I.

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Tilly's promise

Linda Newbery

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A beautiful and timeless story about the uncertainty and destruction caused by war.

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Poppy in the field

Mary Hooper

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Brilliantly researched and inspired by real-life events, big and small, Poppy in the Field is a story about the forgotten bravery of women on the front line, told through the eyes of a young woman determined to play her part.

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Without warning

Dennis Hamley

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England, 1914. The piercing tone of the bugle changes a sleepy British village forever. In this insightful novel, Dennis Hamley portrays the realities of life in wartime, along with accounts of war's effects on the young people caught in its path.

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1915

Diana Menefy

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When Mel and her cousin joined the NZ Army Nursing Service and boarded ships headed for Egypt, Anzac Cove and beyond, they had little idea of the horrors they would face, the wounds they would tend to and hearts they would help heal.

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1917

Brian Falkner

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17-year-old Bob Sunday has stolen his brother’s identity to enlist in WW1. A boy’s dreams of adventure are soon shattered amid the horrors of war; culminating in his witnessing the destruction at Passchendaele.

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Battle of Messines Road

J. K. Moloney

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Told through the eyes of 10-year-old Zac, living in 1968 Wellington and a 21-year-old World War I soldier, this book is a coming-of-age story, a World War I diary and a novel about friendship and families.

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