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A Secret Diary of the First World War

Fact-tastic Stories from Scotland's History

Gill Arbuthnott
Darren Gate

£3.99

Also available as: Paperback

Range: Young Kelpies eBook 144 pages 40 b/w illustrations ISBN: 9781782505396 Publication date: 26th July 2018

What was the First World War really like? Step into the boots of 14-year-old soldier James Marchbank and find out.

Inspired by the real-life diary of a Scottish boy soldier, each easy-to-read chapter mixes James's story with timelines, letters, diagrams and illustrations to create a fact-tastic account of the First World War, which is both fun and emotionally engaging for younger readers.

Why was rat hunting a popular hobby in the trenches?
How did parachuting pigeons help win the war?
Why would a really good friend would rub whale oil on your feet?
What did it feek like to be a teenager at war?

Take a journey through time and discover all the most important and incredible bits of the First World War.

A Secret Diary of the First World War is the first in a new brilliant series, which blends together intriguing facts and fascinating fiction to bring the most exciting, gruesome and crucial moments of Scottish history alive for young readers.

Reviews

'A Secret Diary of the First World War is inspired by an actual account of a teenager who fought on the Western Front. Gill Arbuthnott has used his story to make the Great War more accessible to younger readers... He kept a diary and Gill has used it as the basis for her book which also includes blocks of explanation to help modern readers. The book is illustrated by Darren Gate in a very engaging style. I'm very glad to have this book and I'll certainly add it to my collection... this is a book that deserves to be read.'
-- Jane Sandell, Young People's Librarian at Moray Council

Secret Diary of the First World War

Author

Gill Arbuthnott was born and brought up in Edinburgh, but escaped briefly to study in St Andrews and Southampton. She couldn’t stay away, however, and now lives in Edinburgh with her family and Leonard the cat. When she’s not writing, she works as a biology…

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Illustrator

Darren Gate is the 2016 winner of the Kelpies Design and Illustration Prize. He is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Glasgow.

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