Great War, The

Genre: Young Adult

Great War, TheStories Inspired by Items from the First World War

In a powerful collection, eleven internationally acclaimed fiction writers draw on personal objects to bring the First World War to life for listeners of all ages.A toy soldier. A butter dish. A compass. Mundane objects, perhaps, but to the remarkable authors in this collection, artifacts such as these have inspired stories that go to the heart of the human experience of World War I. Each author was invited to choose an object that had a connection to the war—a writing kit for David Almond, a helmet for Michael Morpurgo—and use it as the inspiration for an original short story. What results is an extraordinary collection, illustrated throughout by the award-winning Jim Kay and featuring photographs of the objects with accounts of their history and the authors' reasons for selecting them. A blend of fiction and real-life events, this unique anthology provides young readers with a personal window into the Great War and the people affected by it, and serves as an invaulable resource for families and teachers alike.

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Run time: 7 hours
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Tanya Lee Stone

Biography:
Tanya Lee Stone is a former editor and the Sibert Medal–winning author of Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. Her new book was seven years in the making, as she did extensive original research and collected archival photos. She says, “These men helped shape our history. Americans need to know who they are. Getting to know Walter and some of the other men has been the highlight of this project. This is why being a nonfiction writer is so exciting ?— ?discovering stories of extraordinary human beings and being lucky enough to have the honor of telling them. One of my goals is to help fill in some of the missing pieces in the fabric of our history and to encourage readers to think not only about what happens but also about how and why it all unfolds the way it does.” About Courage Has No Color, Walter Morris, the first enlisted Triple Nickle, says, “Tanya Lee Stone takes a giant leap forward in telling an accurate account of the history of the Triple Nickles. Now our history will not be lost, and future generations will know the importance of what we endured.” Tanya Lee Stone lives in Vermont.
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Marcus Sedgwick

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Marcus Sedgwick is the author of ten previous novels for young readers. His first, Floodland, won the 1994 Branford-Boase Award for Best First Children's Novel of the Year; he has since been shortlisted for numerous children's book awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Prize, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. He lives in Sussex, England.
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David Almond

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David Almond has received several major international awards, including a Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, an Eleanor Farjeon Award, and a Michael L. Printz Award. He is the author of The Tightrope Walkers, The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, Skellig, Clay, and many other novels, stories, and plays. His many books for younger readers include The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers; The Savage, Slog’s Dad, and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, illustrated by Dave McKean; and My Dad’s a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon, illustrated by Polly Dunbar. David Almond lives in England with his family.
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Timothée de Fombelle

Biography:
Timothée de Fombelle is a popular French playwright who has achieved international success as a novelist with his debut, Toby Alone, and its sequel,Toby and the Secrets of the Tree. He has worked as a teacher and in 1990 set up his own theater company. Timothée de Fombelle lives with his family in Paris.
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Timothée de Fombelle

Biography:
Timothée de Fombelle is a popular French playwright who has achieved international success as a novelist with his debut, Toby Alone, and its sequel,Toby and the Secrets of the Tree. He has worked as a teacher and in 1990 set up his own theater company. Timothée de Fombelle lives with his family in Paris.
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A. L. Kennedy

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A.L. Kennedy has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and has won a host of other awards, including the Costa Book of the Year for her novel Day. She lives in London and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at the University of Warwick.
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Ursula Dubosarsky

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Ursula Dubosarsky is an award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults. About The Golden Day, her first book with Candlewick Press, she says, “The little girls watch, wonder, respond, change, and grow — and then their childhood is gone, forever. This element of the story, I suppose, is at least partly autobiographical, though all my teachers came home safe and sound in the end.” Ursula Dubosarsky lives in Australia.
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Michael Morpurgo
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John Boyne
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Tracy Chevalier
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Sheena Wilkinson
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Adèle Geras
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Adèle Geras
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Timothée de Fombelle

Biography:
Timothée de Fombelle is a popular French playwright who has achieved international success as a novelist with his debut, Toby Alone, and its sequel,Toby and the Secrets of the Tree. He has worked as a teacher and in 1990 set up his own theater company. Timothée de Fombelle lives with his family in Paris.
Author
Timothée de Fombelle

Biography:
Timothée de Fombelle is a popular French playwright who has achieved international success as a novelist with his debut, Toby Alone, and its sequel,Toby and the Secrets of the Tree. He has worked as a teacher and in 1990 set up his own theater company. Timothée de Fombelle lives with his family in Paris.
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Adèle Geras
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Adèle Geras
Narrator
Nick Podehl

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Nick Podehl has been named a 'Best Voice' by AudioFile magazine in 2010 and 2011. He has narrated many young adult, fantasy, and romance titles, several of which have won awards, and has appeared in a number of theatrical productions and independent films.
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Sarah Coomes

Biography:
Sarah Coomes was trained at The Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, London. She has worked as an actress extensively in theatre, film, and television. She has won numerous awards for her own comedy and play writing, including The Westminster Prize. She lives in London and Los Angeles.
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JD Jackson

Biography:
JD Jackson is currently an Adjunct Professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in Theater from Temple University and several TV and movie credits to his name including roles on House MD, ER, Law & Order, Third Watch, and a recurring role on Hack. He recently received an Audiophile Earphone Award for his work on Sharon Draper's Just Another Hero.
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Nico Evers-Swindell

Biography:
Nico Evers-Swindell is an actor. He recently starred in Lifetime's William and Kate and has appeared on film and television. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Megan, and his dog, Martin. Nico grew up in New Zealand and got his Law degree there. And that's when he learned to love the sound of his own voice.
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Gerard Doyle

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Gerard Doyle's 35 year acting career spans TV, radio, and theatre on both sides of the Atlantic, including the West End and Broadway. He has received over 25 Earphones awards and he has twice been recognized as an AudioFile magazine “Best Voice of the Year.” A multiple Audie Award nominee, he won in 2007 for Mystery and Suspense.
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Richard Halverson

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Born in the North of England, Richard Halverson was dancing and acting from the age of four. His Father was a Drama teacher and he was very quickly engrossed in performing, including acting, ballet, tap, magic, and singing with a rock band. Richard Halverson moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to pursue acting in TV and film.

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