Monday, 18 August 2014

Upper Primary - Young Adult

NZ Writer

Susan Brocker  1914 Riding Into War

 Scholastic 2014  $19.50pb    215pp
Kiwis at War series

ISBN 978 1 7754 3206 7

Themes: Best mates/ Gallipoli and the Battle of Chunuk Bair/ Horses in wars/ World War I 1914-1918


Image: Courtesy of Susan Brocker

Like so many young New Zealanders, best mates Billy and Jack ‘fresh off the farm’, couldn’t wait to enlist when the call went out at the beginning of World War One. But what had sounded like the promise of a big adventure when they joined the Mounted Rifles Regiment turned into the horror beyond their imaginings for them. Susan Brocker was the ideal person to write this first, carefully researched book in the Kiwis At War series as she has already written, Brave Bess and the ANZAC horses – and because of her empathy for the animals. The series will continue with one book a year until 2018 with the writers – Diana Menefy, Brian Falkner, David Hair and Des Hunt.  And do look at the great jacket – subtly embossed.

(Apologies I am a bit late with this – I only came across the series last week).


Year 7 up/ Age 11 up

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