Filed under Poppies and Prose

The Midnight Zoo – Sonya Hartnett

The Midnight Zoo – Sonya Hartnett

Synopsis from Goodreads. World War II, Eastern Europe: Tomas and his younger brother, Andrej, have fled their Romany encampment which has been besieged by the Germans; they carry Wilma, their baby sister, in a sack. In an abandoned, bombed-out town, the children discover a zoo. In it are a wolf and an eagle, a monkey, … Continue reading

Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

Synopsis From Goodreads. The gruff and surly Mr Thomas Oakley is less than pleased when he is landed with a scrawny little city boy as a guest, but because it is compulsory that each villager takes in an evacuee he reluctantly agrees. It soon becomes obvious to Mister Tom that young Willie Beech is hiding … Continue reading

Journey’s End – R. C. Sherriff

Journey’s End – R. C. Sherriff

Synopsis from Goodreads. Sherriff’s play about life in the trenches in the First World War. This powerful play endures in the tradition of great drama because until wars are at an end, the human race will continue to question what our reaction should be to the cycle of killing and being killed in the name … Continue reading

Lord of the Nutcracker Men – Iain Lawrence

Lord of the Nutcracker Men – Iain Lawrence

Synopsis From Goodreads. Ten-year-old Johnny eagerly plays at war with the army of nutcracker soldiers his toymaker father whittles for him. He demolishes imaginary foes. But in 1914 Germany looms as the real enemy of Europe, and all too soon Johnny’s father is swept up in the war to end all wars. He proudly enlists … Continue reading

War Horse – Michael Morpurgo

War Horse – Michael Morpurgo

 Synopsis From Goodreads. Joey is a warhorse, but he wasn’t always. Once, he was a farm horse and a gentle boy named Albert was his master. Then World War I came storming through and everything changed. Albert’s father sells Joey to the army where the beautiful, red-bay horse is trained to charge the enemy, drag … Continue reading

Poppies & Prose: An Introduction.

Poppies & Prose: An Introduction.

The idea of reading books written about the World Wars actually came to me before I even had a blog. It was nearly a year ago (almost to the day) when the Harry Potter cast were attending the premiere for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. I was reading through the fashion blogs, … Continue reading