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The Invisible War

A Tale on Two Scales

Ailsa Wild Jeremy Barr Ben Hutchings Briony Barr

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Scale Free Network
01 July 2016
An illustrated science-history graphic novel exploring parallel experiences during WWI.

The story takes place on two different physical scales - the macro-scale, from the point of view of a Victorian nurse supporting troops in the trenches of the Western Front - and simultaneously on the micro-level, from the point of view of the gut microbes which fight to keep her body alive when she contracts dysentery.

This fictional story is based on accurate scientific and historical facts, in consultation with academic experts from Australia, France, the UK and the USA.
By:   Ailsa Wild
With:   Jeremy Barr
Created by:   Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti
Illustrated by:   Ben Hutchings
Imprint:   Scale Free Network
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 295mm,  Width: 210mm, 
ISBN:   9780992587253
ISBN 10:   0992587255
Pages:   104
Publication Date:   01 July 2016
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Invisible War: A Tale on Two Scales

I found it strikingly original and surprisingly riveting, and though the yuck factor is high, that's exactly what will draw children in to learn about both World War I and microbiology. Jane Sullivan, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald. It's wonderful to see a book written for youth tackle the complex subject of viruses and the human microbiota in such an entertaining way. No bacteria is left unturned in this book, and the explanations in the Appendix about ideas, phrases and concepts covered in the story (there are numbered circles that appear throughout the story, and these correspond to the information in the Appendix) add to the understanding of the often complex processes and information presented. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about the human gut, microbiology, viruses, cross infection and WWI Western Front history. Reading Time blog, The Children's Book Council of Australia.


  • Winner of Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing: Most Outstanding Resource of the Year (Educational Publishing Awards Australia) 2017
  • Winner of Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book (Australian Book Design Awards) 2017
  • Winner of DeBary Children's Science Book Award (USA) 2017
  • Winner of MUBA (Most Underrated Book Award) 2017

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