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  • Published: 13 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9781760142384
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Young Digger

This is the remarkable true story of a young French orphan who won the hearts of an Australian Air Force squadron in the dying days of WWI and became their mascot – complete with a miniature AIF uniform. Henri, the 'Young Digger', was smuggled home to Australia at the end of the war to begin his new life with the Tovell family.

A small boy, an orphan of the First World War, wanders into the Australian airmen's mess in Germany, on Christmas Day in 1918. A strange boy, with an uncertain past and an extraordinary future, he became a mascot for the air squadron and was affectionately named 'Young Digger'. And in one of the most unusual incidents ever to emerge from the battlefields of Europe after the Great War, this solitary boy was smuggled back to Australia by air mechanic Tim Tovell, a man who cared for the boy so much that he was determined, however risky, to provide Young Digger with a new family and a new life in a new country, far from home. 
This is one of the most extraordinary incidents of the First World War. It is a story not only about the horrors of war, but of high adventure and fatherhood, by the award-winning author of Soldier Boy. 
'What a story, told in Anthony Hill's inimitable style of high adventure and clear detail.' Canberra Times

  • Pub date: 13 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9781760142384
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the Author

Anthony Hill

Anthony Hill is a multi-award-winning, bestselling author. His most recent book for adults, The Story of Billy Young, was published in 2012.

His novel Soldier Boy, about Australia's youngest known Anzac, was winner of the 2002 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Books for Young Adults. His most recent children's book, Captain Cook's Apprentice, won the 2009 NSW Premier's Young People's History Prize. It follows Soldier Boy, Young Digger and Animal Heroes as further testimony to his remarkable ability to extensively research historical material and, from wide-ranging sources, piece together a moving and exciting story.

He is also the author of two novellas, the beautiful Shadow Dog, and the award-winning The Burnt Stick, illustrated by Mark Sofilas, as well as the picture book, Lucy's Cat and the Rainbow Birds, illustrated by Jane Tanner.

Anthony lives in Canberra with his wife, Gillian. Their daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter, Emily, live in Melbourne.

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