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My Mother's Eyes

Mark Wilson

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Fiction, Picture books, Picture storybooks, Educational: History

A boy soldier in WW1 writes home to his mother about his experience of war.

A fifteen-year-old Australian farm boy lies about his age to enlist to war and is caught up in the horrors of World War I in Egypt and on the Western Front, where 5,500 Australian troops were lost in two days at Fromelles alone. This boy's story in this unique, stirring picture book is based on true stories of the twenty-three teenage soldiers - one only fourteen - who fought with the Australian army in World War I, as recorded at the Australian War Memorial (their names among a list of 60,000 Australian soldiers killed in that war). The author's grandfather was a boy soldier who, unlike the hero of the book, did survive to return home. Told in the boy's own simple language and with extracts from his letters home, the story is extremely moving and evocative of the real tragedy of that worst of all wars.

More information and teachers' guide available at www.mymotherseyes.com.au

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Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is first and foremost a famous magician, who the New York Times has recognized as probably the nation's leading authority on magic." He is also the hugely successful author of numerous kits and books devoted to instruction in the magical arts including the newly released Complete Course in Magic (Revised Ed.). Additionally, has made countless guest appearances throughout his career on every major TV talk show in the country. Mark Wilson resides in southern California.

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