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A World War I novel by the author of Skellig. In a world torn apart by bombs and trenches, a little boy learns that war has an antidote: peace. “I am just a child,” says John. “How can I be at war?” Yet it’s 1918, and war is everywhere. John’s dad is fighting in the trenches far away in France. His mum works in the weapons factory just along the road. His teacher says John is fighting, too: that he is at war with enemy children in Germany. Then one day, in the wild woods outside town, John has an impossible meeting with a German boy named Jan. That’s how John catches a glimpse of a better world, where children like Jan and himself can join as friends to scatter the seeds of peace…

  • A powerful and joyful story of overcoming conflict
  • Shows how friendship is strong enough to end wars
  • Commemorates 100 years of the end of World War I
  • Brought to life by dramatic monochrome artwork
  • David Almond is a giant of modern children’s fiction
  • His books include Skellig and The Colour of the Sun

Product Details

Catalogue number

842 in ROW Primary November 2019






Hodder Children's Books

Date published

October 3rd, 2019

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  • 128 pages


UK edition


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