The Great War by David Almond audiobook

The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War

With stories by various authors
Read by various narrators

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6.37 Hours Unabridged
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In a powerful collection, eleven internationally acclaimed fiction writers draw on personal objects to bring the First World War to life for listeners of all ages. A toy soldier. A butter dish. A compass. Mundane objects, perhaps, but to the remarkable authors in this collection, artifacts such as these have inspired stories that go to the heart of the human experience of World War I. Each author was invited to choose an object that had a connection to the war—a writing kit for David Almond, a helmet for Michael Morpurgo—and use it as the inspiration for an original short story. What results is an extraordinary collection, illustrated throughout by the award-winning Jim Kay and featuring photographs of the objects with accounts of their history and the authors' reasons for selecting them. A blend of fiction and real-life events, this unique anthology provides young readers with a personal window into the Great War and the people affected by it, and serves as an invaulable resource for families and teachers alike.

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Summary

Summary

In a powerful collection, eleven internationally acclaimed fiction writers draw on personal objects to bring the First World War to life for listeners of all ages.

A toy soldier. A butter dish. A compass. Mundane objects, perhaps, but to the remarkable authors in this collection, artifacts such as these have inspired stories that go to the heart of the human experience of World War I. Each author was invited to choose an object that had a connection to the war—a writing kit for David Almond, a helmet for Michael Morpurgo—and use it as the inspiration for an original short story. What results is an extraordinary collection, illustrated throughout by the award-winning Jim Kay and featuring photographs of the objects with accounts of their history and the authors' reasons for selecting them. A blend of fiction and real-life events, this unique anthology provides young readers with a personal window into the Great War and the people affected by it, and serves as an invaulable resource for families and teachers alike.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A stunning anthology of stories.” WRD magazine
“Eleven authors mark the centenary of WWI with original short stories that are simultaneously poignant, thought-provoking, and relevant.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The stories…say something profound about memory and loss and what it means to wage war…Each story, lovingly crafted, shows a different facet of war in the same way that each artifact reflects something different about the time…Extraordinary.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[A] superlative collection…beautifully written.” Booklist (starred review)
“As there are no living World War I veterans to tell their stories, this profound collection may be as close as some readers will get to truly understanding the emotional devastation of one of the world’s bloodiest wars.” School Library Journal
“Readers will likely discover resonant offerings among this collection.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Physical items from WWI inspired this collection of eleven short stories, but no visuals are necessary to bring these powerful generation-spanning tales to life. The listener will recognize the accents of Scots, Aussies, African-American, French, Irish, and English characters as six different narrators (one per story) reveal uniquely personal tolls of war through the eyes of soldiers, siblings, children, families, and young workers. After each fictional story, a narrator briskly describes the actual item that inspired it, for example, a helmet, compass, or butter dish…Listeners will also be greatly affected by these compelling stories of loss, luck, patriotism, and perseverance at war and at home.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: David Almond

Author Bio: David Almond

David Almond has received several major awards, including a Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, an Eleanor Farjeon Award, and a Michael L. Printz Award. He is known worldwide as the author of Skellig, Clay, and many other plays, stories, and novels, including The Boy Who Swam with Piranha. David Almond lives in England.

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Author Bio: Timothée de Fombelle

Author Bio: Timothée de Fombelle

Timothée de Fombelle is a much-admired French playwright. His children’s book Toby Alone is highly acclaimed in France and has won numerous awards.

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Author Bio: Ursula Dubosarsky

Author Bio: Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky is an award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults. She lives in Australia.

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Author Bio: Sheena Wilkinson

Author Bio: Sheena Wilkinson

Sheena Wilkinson has been established as one of Ireland’s most acclaimed writers for young people. Her first novel, Taking Flight, won the CBI Honour Award for Fiction as well as the Children’s Choice Award. It also won a White Raven award from the International Youth Library and a place on the IBBY Honour List. Its sequel, Grounded, also won the CBI Children’s Choice award as well as the overall Book of the Year. Wilkinson lives in County Down, Ireland, and travels extensively in Ireland and beyond.

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Author Bio: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Author Bio: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Frank Cottrell Boyce is the author of Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, The Astounding Broccoli Boy, Cosmic, and Framed, aw well as Millions, which was the basis for a movie by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle. His books have won or been nominated for numerous awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the London Guardian’ Children’s Fiction Prize, and the Whitbread Children’s Book Award. He is also a screenwriter, having written the scripts for a number of feature films as well as the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

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Author Bio: Tracy Chevalier

Author Bio: Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, as well as several other novels.

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Author Bio: Adèle Geras

Author Bio: Adèle Geras

Adèle Geras is the celebrated author of many stories and novels, including The Tower Room, Watching the Roses, and Pictures of the Night. She lives in Manchester, England.

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Author Bio: Marcus Sedgewick

Author Bio: Marcus Sedgewick

Marcus Sedgwick is the author of ten previous novels for young readers. His first, Floodland, won the 1994 Branford-Boase Award for Best First Children’s Novel of the Year; he has since been shortlisted for numerous children’s book awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Prize, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. He lives in Sussex, England.

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Author Bio: A. L. Kennedy

Author Bio: A. L. Kennedy

A. L. Kennedy has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and has won a host of other awards, including the Costa Book of the Year for her novel Day. She is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at the University of Warwick.

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Author Bio: John Boyne

Author Bio: John Boyne

John Boyne is the author of novels for adults and children. His New York Times bestseller, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, won two Irish Book Awards, was short-listed for the British Book Award, and was made into an award-winning feature film. His novels are published in more than forty languages.

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Author Bio: Michael Morpurgo

Author Bio: Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate of Britain, is the author of War Horse, called “superb” by the New York Times Book Review and now a major motion picture. He was knighted in 2018 for services to literature and charity. His writing has won numerous award, including the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, the California Young Reader Medal, the Red House Children’s Book Award, and France’s Prix Sorcieres, among others and others. He lives in Devon, England, with his wife, Clare. Together they founded the charity Farms for City Children, which gives children from urban areas an opportunity to spend a week working on a farm in the countryside.

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Author Bio: Marcus Sedgwick

Author Bio: Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick, born and raised in East Kent, England, is a widely admired, prizewinning author of fiction for young adults. He won the Branford Boase Award for his debut novel, Floodland, the Booktrust Teenage Prize for My Swordhand Is Singing, and the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for Midwinterblood. His books have been short-listed for over thirty awards, including five times for the Carnegie Medal, twice for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and four times for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He teaches creative writing at the Arvon Foundation in England and at Ty Newydd in Wales. He divides his time between a village near Cambridge, England, and a house in the French Alps.

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Author Bio: Tanya Lee Stone

Author Bio: Tanya Lee Stone

Tanya Lee Stone is an award-winning author of books for kids and teens. Stone went to performing arts high school in New Haven, CT and went on to major in English at Oberlin College and study voice at Oberlin Conservatory. After graduation she moved to New York and became an editor. Stone was an editor for more than a dozen years and has a masters degree in science education. She teaches writing for children at Champlain College.

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Author Bio: various authors

Author Bio: various authors

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/War & Military
Runtime: 6.37
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English