Sunday the 11th November marks the centenary anniversary of the end of World War One and Armistice Day, when brave soldiers lay down their weapons and the nation looked to the future together. 100 years on we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and make sure they are never forgotten.
In honour of their memory and to ensure these heroic stories live on, we would like to share some of our WWI books, some of which offer different perspectives on an often-told story.
In Armistice Runner award-winning author Tom Palmer pays tribute to the forgotten athletic heroes of the Armistice with a powerful account of the fell-running messengers on the front-line of war. This intergenerational tale tells the story of Lily, who is struggling to compete in her fell-running races and, worse, having to watch as her gran is being lost to Alzheimer’s. But then she discovers her great-great-grandfather’s diaries from the First World War. Could his incredible story of bravery help her reconnect with her gran and even give her the inspiration she needs to push through and win?
Sensitively told by Tom Palmer, this moving WW1 story is sure to inspire readers to remember their ancestors and the roles they all played in overcoming the war. (And you can download a free poster for this book here.)
White Feather by mother-and-son team Catherine and David MacPhail takes readers on a journey to discover the truth in this post-war novella. The war is won but for Tony there is little to celebrate. His brother Charlie never returned from the front-line and has died not as a hero, but executed as a coward. Refusing to believe that his brother was a traitor, a distraught Tony is pushed to the edge in his dark quest to uncover the horrifying truth and rectify his brothers honour.
This award-winning author duo have joined forces for the first time on this powerful and all-too-real tale that is certain to raise discussions and awareness of WW1 history.
Find more World War One fiction with some of out other titles – discover real-life war and sports heroes in Respect by Michaela Morgan and Over the Line by Tom Palmer, see the trials of war-time families in Tilly’s Promise by Linda Newbery, uncover what it was to serve in Anzac Boys by Tony Bradman and Wave by Paul Dowswell and a retelling of a true war-time tragedy in Stars Shall Be Bright by Catherine MacPhail.
You can also find lots of extra material and supporting resources for Over the Line and Tilly’s Promise on our dedicated site, Reading War.
These incredible people and their remarkable stories are not only to be remembered on this Armistice Centenary but for everyday that we live in freedom. Let them be an important reminder and inspiration and let the part they played in our nations history never be forgotten.
If you’re a librarian, bookseller, or teacher who would like to celebrate these stories further, get in touch, we’d love to help you tell your young readers these incredible stories of World War One.