War and conflict (primary)

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The Boy and the Spy

Felice Arena

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Hana'S Suitcase Anniversary Edition: A True Story

Hana’S Suitcase Anniversary Edition: A True Story

Karen Levine

In March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education centre in Tokyo. It belonged to an orphan girl called Hana Brady. Everyone was desperate to discover the story of Hana. Who was she? What had happened to her?

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Eleanor Coerr

After several dizzy spells send Hiroshima-born Sadako to the doctor, the budding school track star finds out she has leukemia--known as the atom bomb disease. But she faces life with spirit and bravery. And a legend says that if...

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Only Remembered

Only Remembered

Michael Morpurgo, Ian Beck

Published to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, this anthology collects favourite extracts, poems and images from some of the UK's leading cultural, political and literary figures. It also includes poems,...

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Prince of Afghanistan

Prince of Afghanistan

Louis Nowra

Black parachutes fall from the sky: young soldiers - and a dog - on a rescue mission in a remote part of Afghanistan. But the mission ends in chaos, and Mark and Prince embark on a perilous journey through enemy territory. They...

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Flapper VC

Flapper VC

Mark Wilson

Flapper, VC is based on the true story of an Australian carrier pigeon during World War II.

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 Read reviewOne Minute's Silence

One Minute’s Silence

David Metzenthen, Michael Camilleri

A moving and powerful story about the meaning of Remembrance Day, drawing on the ANZAC and Turkish battle at Gallipoli. In the silence that follows a war long gone, you can see what the soldiers saw, you can feel what the soldiers...

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The Children of the King

The Children of the King

Sonya Hartnett

Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London.When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.

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Digger: The Dog Who Went To War

Digger: The Dog Who Went To War

Mark Wilson

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Refuge

Refuge

Anne Booth, Sam Usher

The Christmas story and what follows: the fleeing of Jesus, Mary and Joseph from Herod'ssoldiers to Egypt. This is a book with timeless crossover appeal and a message that couldn't be more relevant.

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Pennies For Hitler

Pennies For Hitler

Jackie French

Angus & Robertson an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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The Afghanistan Pup

The Afghanistan Pup

Mark Wilson

A companion to MY MOTHER'S EYES, ANGEL OF KOKODA and VIETNAM DIARY, this story deals with the complexities of the war in Afghanistan in an accessible way, addressing the tragedy of war but ending on a note of hope.

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Ship of Dolls

Ship of Dolls

Shirley Parenteau

Inspired by a project organized in 1926 by teacher-missionary Sidney Gulick, in which American children sent more than 12,000 Friendship Dolls to Japan in hopes of avoiding a future war, this story follows an 11-year-old girl as...

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Vietnam Diary

Vietnam Diary

Mark Wilson

Leigh and Jason are inseparable. But when Jason is conscripted and sent to fight in Vietnam, they are divided not just by distance, but by their beliefs about the war.

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 Read reviewLoyal Creatures

Loyal Creatures

Morris Gleitzman

In 2014 Morris Gleitzman promises to captivate his fans yet again with another heart-rending and compelling novel set in wartime. Once, Then, After and Now took us inside young people in World War Two. Loyal Creatures is the story...

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The Bakehouse

Joy Cowley

Bert is eleven and wants nothing more than to fight in the war. But he soon learns that the secrets and danger of war dont always stay at the front line.

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My Holocaust Story: Within These Walls

My Holocaust Story: Within These Walls

Robyn Bavati

For Miri and her family, life in Warsaw is full of simple joys. The smell of freshly baked challah, the pink flowers that bloom in their courtyard, the promise of summer holidays, and Fridays when everyone comes together to...

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And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Eric Bogle, Bruce Whatley

But the band played 'Waltzing Matilda' when we stopped to bury our slain. We buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs; then we started all over again. Eric Bogle's famous and familiar Australian song about the Battle of Gallipoli...

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The Journey

Francesca Sanna

With haunting echoes of current affairs this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book...

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Hope in a Ballet Shoe

Hope in a Ballet Shoe

Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince

Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of...

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 Read reviewThe Secret Horses of Briar Hill

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

Megan Shepherd, Levi Pinfold

An exceptional and moving novel about the power of the imagination, illustrated by the winner of the Kate Greenaway medal.

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The War that Saved My Life

The War that Saved My Life

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

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