Friday, May 22, 2009

My Mother's Eyes by Mark Wilson

A sixteen-year-old Australian farm boy lies about his age to enlist to war and is caught up in the horrors of World War I in Egypt and on the Western Front, where 5,500 Australian troops were lost in two days at Fromelles alone (from the publisher).
A very moving story (based loosely around 23 'boy soldiers') about William, a boy who sneaks out the back door of home and heads off on what was initially thought as a great adventure. The story is also told through the letters that he writes home to his family, with great illustrations that add to the story. This would be a good option when introducing younger children to World War I - it has been suggested from 8+.
Rating - I give this 4/5 Not bad!

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Reviewed by Michelle @ admin

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