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The Soldier's Gift is a moving story of one family's courage and endurance during the First World War, the terrible losses at Gallipoli and a time that changed Australia forever.

Emily knows her big brother, Tom, wants to leave Hillside Farm and go overseas to the war, but Emily doesn't want him to go.

'Everyone else is going,' said Tom to Emily when their uncle was gone. 'That's not a good reason,' said Emily.

The Soldier's Gift eloquently and beautifully encapsulates a time in Australia that was pivotal to changes in our culture and psyche, within the context of the nation itself and as it stood in the world. The first world war was devastating in it's wholesale destruction of human life, and for a fledgling nation like Australia, this mortal loss was to have far reaching effects. The Soldier's Gift is an intimate window into that time, as portrayed by a young girl and her father, as their lives change and shift to accommodate the intrusion of world politics and the very personal loss of family.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143507161

    February 27, 2017

    Picture Puffin

    44 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • Hardback

    9780670077571

    July 23, 2014

    Viking

    40 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook

    9781743482131

    July 28, 2014

    Penguin eBooks

    32 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    2015
    Notable Book
    Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
  • WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards
    2016
    Shortlisted
    Picture Books

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