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When Our Jack Went to War

When Our Jack Went to War
  

A powerful, moving and ultimately heart-wrenching story for young teenagers, set in World War One. The author ably conveys how war affects everyone its a superb meditation on war and the devastating effects it has on soldiers and their families. Illustrated throughout with b/... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781775533092
Published 15 April 2013 by Random House
Format Paperback
Author(s) By McKay, Sandy

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ISBN-13 9781775533092
ISBN-10 1775533093
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Random House
Imprint Longacre Press
Publication Date 15 April 2013
International Publication Date 5 April 2013
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By McKay, Sandy
Category Historical Fiction
AU, NZ & South Pacific Books
New Zealand & Related
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 128mm
Height: 198mm
Weight 193g
Dewey Code 823.3
Catalogue Code 310003

Description of this Book

A powerful, moving and ultimately heart-wrenching story for young teenagers, set in World War One. The author ably conveys how war affects everyone its a superb meditation on war and the devastating effects it has on soldiers and their families.

Illustrated throughout with b/w drawings, newspaper headlines of the times and WWI graphic images.

Its 1917 and Jack enlists. And although Tom is envious of his elder brother he soon changes his mind as the reality of war becomes more apparent. Tom is almost 13 years old.

We follow Jacks story through his letters home and through the eyes of his younger brother. Tom writes about life at home in New Zealand: living with Mum and their young sister, Amy, learning to hunt with his uncle, getting a puppy and learning to knitfor the war effort.

Jack writes of his first-hand experience in Trentham, the troopship, Britain, France, the Battle of Messines and finally, Passchendaele. Sadly the story ends with Jack being killed at Passchendaele along with hundreds of other Kiwis. (Of the 180 soldiers in the 2nd Otago Division, 148 lost their lives in one day in New Zealands worst ever military disaster.)

When Our Jack Went to War is a fictional account of a real life tragedy. It is based on the authors research into the death of her own great uncle who died in 1917.

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Author's Bio

Sandy McKay is an experienced writer for children; she is the author of over 12 titles, most notably, Recycled, My Dad the All Black, Losing It and One Stroppy Jockey. She's a recipient of the Dunedin College of Education Writer in Residency, and her books have been short-listed for the NZ Post and LIANZA awards and have been listed as Storylines Notable Books. Sandy won the Junior Fiction Category of the NZ Post Children's Book Awards for Recycled. Her landmark book, Losing It, was short-listed for the Esther Glen Award and dramatised by Radio New Zealand.

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