Captain Rosalie is the heartbreaking story of one girl’s experience of World War I. It is told from a 5 year old’s point of view and it was originally a short story, now expanded to a very short novel by brilliant illustrator Isabelle Arsenault. But don’t be fooled. Although the text is short & simple and the protagonist is young, this is a war novel appropriate for ages 10 – 14 year olds. Adults smart enough to listen to a child’s voice will not be disappointed. Devastating.
Hilary McKay has written a historical novel of WWI, with the endearing Clarry Penrose as main character. Clarry’s mother died in childbirth so she’s never known a mother’s love. But she loves her brother fiercely and loves her cousin Rupert in Cornwall whom she sees every summer. She’s determined to fend for herself and get an education, even though her father feels a life of dependence would be more respectable. Then war breaks out and Clarry is eventually called to unexpected and heartbreaking acts of heroism just to keep her family together. Startling, gorgeous, painful — one of 2018’s best books!
Perfect for fans of Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo, The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson.
(This book is simultaneously published in the UK under the title The Skylark’s War.)
Diaries and notebooks of poet Siegfried Sassoon will be published online by the Cambridge University Library. The 23 diaries and two journals are being made public to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Writing in a “leather-bound notebook from a fly-speck village in northern France” Sassoon wrote “My inner life is far more real than the hideous realism of this land, the war -zone.” Cambridge University librarian Anne Jarvis calls the archive “a collection of towering importance, not just to historians, but to anyone seeking to understand the horror, bravery and futility of the First World War as experienced by those on the front lines and in the trenches.” Read more in these articles from the NYT and NPR. And check the EPL catalog for works by and about this celebrated war poet.