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  • Published: 5 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448187478
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

War Girls


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A moving collection of the untold stories of women in the First World War from nine much-loved authors.

As featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

1914: war has broken out across Europe and beyond. Nothing will ever be the same again for those caught up in the conflict.
This collection of short stories explores how the First World War changed and shaped the lives of women forever. A courageous nurse risks her life at the Front Line; a young woman discovers independence and intrigue in wartime London; and a grief-stricken widow defends her homeland amidst the destruction of war.
Through these and other tales, War Girls presents a moving portrait of loss and grief, and of hope overcoming terrible odds.

  • Pub date: 5 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448187478
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the Authors

Adèle Geras

ADELE GERAS was born in Jerusalem and travelled widely as a child. She started writing over twenty-five years ago and has published more than 80 titles. Ithaka was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Whitbread Chirldren's Book Award. She lives in Manchester with her husband and has two grown-up daughters and two grandchildren.

Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess was born in London and brought up in Surrey and Sussex. He has had a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4. He is now regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature, having won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for his acclaimed novel Junk.

Berlie Doherty

Berlie Doherty began writing for children in 1983, after teaching and working in radio. She has written more than 35 books for children, as well as for the theatre, radio and television. Berlie has won the Carnegie Medal twice: in 1987 for GRANNY WAS A BUFFER GIRL and in 1992 for DEAR NOBODY. She has also won the Writer's Guild Children's Fiction Award for DAUGHTER OF THE SEA. Her work is published all over the world, and many of her books have been televised.

Mary Hooper

Mary has been writing professionally for over twenty years and has published nearly eighty books for children and young people. She has written funny books, 'issue' books and spooky books, and has now settled into doing what she loves best: writing historical novels centering around real situations (The Great Plague in 1665, for example) and real people (Anne Green, who was hanged for infanticide in Oxford, 1650).

Anne Fine

Anne Fine is one of our most distinguished writers for children. She has written over fifty highly acclaimed books and has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and both the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year and the Carnegie Medal twice over. Anne was appointed the Children’s Laureate from 2001-3, and her work has been translated into over forty languages. In 2003 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded an OBE. Anne lives in County Durham.

Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands, and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults.
Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal, and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and Madame Doubtfire has become a major feature film starring Robin Williams. Anne was the Children's Laureate 2001 - 2003 and won an OBE in 2003.

Theresa Breslin

Theresa Breslin is the Carnegie Medal winning author of over forty books for children & young adults whose work has appeared on stage, radio and TV. Her books are hugely popular with young people, librarians and teachers. Remembrance, her top selling YA novel of youth in WW1, has now been reissued to include Book Notes. The Dream Master was shortlisted for the Children's Book Award. Divided City was shortlisted for ten book awards, winning two outright.

Sally Nicholls

Sally Nicholls grew up in Stockton-on-Tees, and after school, travelled the world, working for a period at a Red Cross hospital in Japan. Sally's first novel, Ways to Live Forever, won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and she has been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award. She lives in Oxford.

Rowena House

Debut author Rowena House experienced war first-hand as a Reuters’ foreign correspondent in Africa. Her War Girls story won a competition run by Andersen Press for creative writing Masters students at Bath Spa University.


Praise for War Girls

“War Girls gathers together some of the finest writers for older readers to bring to life the impact the First World War had on women... Excellent”

Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller

“Remarkable collection of powerfully moving stories.”

Ham & High

“Nine stories, making good starting points for discussions of themes like courage, loss and social attitudes.”

The Herald (Glasgow)

“A thought provoking collection… it's quite a feat to have so many prize winning authors together, each producing such diverse stories.”

Books for Keeps

“Remarkable collection…powerfuly moving.”

Wood & Vale

“A welcome addition...All nine (stories) engage thoughtfully with the battles that girls faced.”

Philip Womack, Telegraph

“Full of grace and awe and heartache. Outstanding. Don't let it not be read.”

Do You Ever Stop to Think Blog

“Beautifully paced and measured... moving insights into the vital roles performed by young women.”

Carousel

“These stories are poignantly written and illustrate how a war that was to end all wars changed the lives of women forever”

Children's Books Ireland, Bold Girls Reading Guide

“A varied read, with some clever twists.”

School Library Journal

“I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories about major events in history.”

Teen Titles

“Irresistible collection. Nine of our best authors get together to tell stories of the young females left behind.”

Bookwitch Blog


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