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Orchard Books
01 March 2020
First World War fiction; First World War; Children's & Educational; Fantasy & magical realism (Children's&YA)
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.
By:   David Almond
Illustrated by:   David Litchfield
Imprint:   Orchard Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   122g
ISBN:   9781444940312
ISBN 10:   1444940317
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   01 March 2020
Recommended Age:   From 9 to 11 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  General/trade ,  English as a second language ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Almond (author) David Almond is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, Counting Stars, The Savage, Island, A Song for Ella Grey, The Colour of the Sun and many other novels, stories, picture books, opera librettos, songs and plays. His work is translated into 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, the Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcieres (France) and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world's most prestigious prize for children's authors. David speaks at festivals and conferences around the world. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. He is widely regarded as one of the most exciting, inspirational and innovative children's authors writing today. He has one amazing daughter. He lives in Bath and in Newcastle, the city in which he was born. www.davidalmond.com David Litchfield (illustrator) David Litchfield first started to draw when he was very young, creating comics for his older brother and sister. Since then his work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, books and on T-shirts. David's first picture book The Bear and the Piano won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. He lives in Bedfordshire.

Reviews 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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