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On 28 June 1915, young James Martin sailed from Melbourne aboard the troopship Berrima – bound, ultimately, for Gallipoli. He was just fourteen years old.

Soldier Boy is Jim's extraordinary true story, the story of a young and enthusiastic school boy who became Australia's youngest known Anzac.

Four months after leaving his home country he would be numbered among the dead, just one of so many soldier boys who travelled halfway around the world for the chance of adventure.

This is, however, just as much the story of Jim's mother, Amelia Martin. It is the heartbreaking tale of the mother who had to let him go, of his family who lost a son, a brother, an uncle, a friend.

It is about Amelia's boy who, like so many others, just wanted to be in on the action.

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780141003306

    April 2, 2001

    Penguin

    192 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781742283128

    April 2, 2001

    Penguin eBooks

    192 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2003
    Shortlisted
    Older Readers

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