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  • Hodder Children's Books
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • Hodder Children's Books

First World War fiction, Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

From the bestselling, award-winning author of SKELLIG comes a vivid and moving story, beautifully illustrated, written to commemorate the hundred-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

From the bestselling, award-winning author of SKELLIG comes a vivid and moving story, beautifully illustrated, written to commemorate the hundred-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

"I am just a child," says John. "How can I be at war?"

It's 1918, and war is everywhere. John's dad is fighting in the trenches far away in France. His mum works in the munitions factory just along the road. His teacher says that John is fighting, too, that he is at war with enemy children in Germany.

One day, in the wild woods outside town, John has an impossible moment: a meeting with a German boy named Jan. John catches a glimpse of a better world, in which children like Jan and himself can come together, and scatter the seeds of peace.

Gorgeously illustrated by David Litchfield, this is a book to treasure.

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Praise for War is Over

  • Prolific and talented author - The Journal (Newcastle)

  • Winner of the Carnegie Medal 1999 for Skellig - Times Educational Supplement

  • Winner of the Whitbread Children's Prize for Skellig 1998 - The Daily Telegraph

  • Able to combine emotional involvement with a real skill for storytelling in a manner rare in any writer - The Times

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David Almond

David Almond's first novel for children, SKELLIG, won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and the Carnegie Medal, and his second, KIT'S WILDERNESS, won the Smarties Award Silver Medal, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award. Following the further success of HEAVEN EYES, David is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative children's authors writing today, and his books are bestsellers all over the world. David lives with his family in Northumberland. Stephen Lambert grew up in Surrey, and has lived in London, North Yorkshire and now Cornwall, on the edge of Bodmin Moor. He enjoys long walks on the moor, as well as along the coast paths, with his dogs. Other interests include gardening and painting.

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