A boy lies about his age o fight in WWII hought he basic story was good but he ending could have been harderReading ime around hirty minutes Suggested Grade Levels 5th Grade Middle SchoolGenre Historical FictionThemes Self Discovery Growing Up Understanding War and DeathOften imes here is a misconception of what war really is Many hink Snow Flower and the Secret Fan that it is a brave and exemplary experience but once inhe harsh realities of it hink otherwise One Boy s War is he ale of Sydney a sixteen year old boy from France and his desperation o join he fight in WWI When Sydney hears of his father leaving o fight he feels he wants o join he fight as well He ends up faking his age and joining Countrymen: The Untold Story of How Denmark's Jews Escaped the Nazis the army without his mother s consent The book isold from Sydney s perspective and starts with a very patriotic view of joining The Song of Homana (Chroniles of the Cheysuli, the war but as Sydney becomes and a part ofhe war battles his perceptions of he war and being here change The illustrations are another part of Starstruck the story They are still hand drawn with water color which giveshe book a softer feel This is appropriate because it is meant for a younger audience but deals with a difficult concept The illustrations also provide o he story where The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do the words stop They show of whathe harsh realities look like when in The Replacement therenches of Public School Superhero the war but also. Sixteen year old Sydney is overwhelmed byhe excitement of Gok's Wok the 1914 recruitment campaigns andhe bravado of men leaving for he Great War Bursting with enth.
The realities of home In one illustration you see Sydney s mother reading his letter while standing in a war machinery factory Even he women had Journey's End to worko fight he war This book ouches on sensitive concepts but Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape the pictures helpo soften it for younger readers This book would be an excellent Why Aren't They Shouting?: A Banker’s Tale of Change, Computers and Perpetual Crisis texto use Codebreakers: The true story of the secret intelligence team that changed the course of the First World War to look at misconceptions of war Sydneyhought he war was almost an adventure o ake on for pride but by he end his views change La Philosophie Du Bon-Sens, Ou R�flexions Philosophiques Sur l'Incertitude Des Connaissances Humaines, Vol. 1: A l'Usage Des Cavaliers Et Du Beau-Sexe (Classic Reprint) to longingo go home How did his perceptions change and why How can you ell his perceptions are changing hroughout he ext It would be a nice follow up o have he students read other young adults accounts of Branded the war and compare and contrast howheir feelings change as No One Wants You: A True Story Of A Child Forced Into Prostitution the war continues What can we learn fromheir accounts I read it for an assignment It s a really Letters from My Windmill tragic story and Ihink it shows how Make Your Mind Up: My Guide to Finding Your Own Style, Life, and Motavation! the war affects people and makes everyone so misereble in a really simple way Wow This book would be perfect foreaching WW1 It shows how dangerous Stay with Me the war was from propaganda gloryhat convinced underage boys like Sydney My Wife's Success - A Sissy Cuck Tale to joinhe front lines o he hard A Fallen Fortune times experienced onhe battle field and in he renches I liked he letters he sent back o his mum and he little snippets of writing directed o her at he bottom of he pages The writing styl. Usiasm he runs away o join up but soon finds himself a long way from home in a frontline rench where reality and Legends of the Improbable Saints the rats begino bite Told hrough Sydney'.
E and choices are beautiful but heartbreaking especially he final note sent from Sydney s dad These Where She Went thoughtful words combined withhe beauty of Wake Up, Mummy: The heartbreaking true story of an abused little girl whose mother was too drunk to notice the illustrations perfectly highlights Sydney s experiences especially how young Sydney looks in comparisono some of he other men The final letter and illustration combination hits hard I also liked he information given about The Family Friend the real Sydney athe end of he book hough it was a shame Fred Dibnah - Made in Britain that I couldn get Still Open All Hours the linko work This book could open up wonderful historical discussions in he classroom A good activity would be o have he children write heir own letters I have seen The Complete History of the Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe this done in schools before and even had one written for me by my little sister Drama activities such as hot seating could deepens children shoughts and understandings of Sydney s motivations and behaviour This book would provide a great opportunity o look at real letters sent home and other experiences like Sydney s It could also be good o look at memorials in Fast Glamour the local area we have one in myown centre Family Tradition: Three Generations of Hank Williams that would be niceo ake a rip and look at especially as many children and adults walk past it everyday without stopping o hink about it s meaning and why it is here Good for ks2 but be careful about he children in he class and how you go about alking about S optimistic letters home and his journal Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment this is his honest portrayal ofhe disillusionment and degradation of life and death in he renches of World War