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.
"Definitely thought provoking stories about events that should not be forgotten."
There were only eleven of them, like eleven sisters all the same age in a large family. . . . On the television news they heard gunfire and the sound of helicopter blades and bombs falling. The little girls hung on to the brink of a hugeness that they knew was there but had no way of discovering.The Vietnam War rages overseas, but back at home, in a year that begins with the hanging of one man and ends with the drowning of another, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher abruptly goes missing on a field trip.
Isador, who is almost an orphan, sets out on an adventure. He carries six things in his satchel, one of which is a secret until nearly the end of the story.
Becky can't wait to put on her puppet show. She's even thought of a surprise ending!
Isador and his friend Lulu have set out on a journey. They find a melting iceberg, a giant bird and some stampeding giraffes. And that's just the start of this very strange adventure!
Has Becky's wand made her little brother disappear?
Becky only wants fairy bread at her party. But there is so much left over, and she won't throw it out.
Becky's two gorillas lived inside her doll's house. One was green and the other was red. They were very scary gorillas until Becky gave them their first bath.
Eleven-year-old Bella has a terrible guilty secret: something she did three years ago, when her English relatives were visiting. Now, in the last week in December, they were returning to Australia and Bella fears the worst: that they are coming to confront her; that they suspected her all along.
Fred, Rowley and Rabbit hardly knew each other before the game. But the game changed everything. It took each of them on an adventure - a terrifying, wonderful adventure of hoping and saving and living and dying. It was a journey that they would remember forever.
If you think Isador Brown's adventures have been strange, finding Lulu's missing parents turns out to be the strangest adventure ever.
This is the story of two sisters, Mary and Grace. As small children, growing up at their property called Abyssinia, they played with their dolls' house together, side by side, always. Grace loved Mary, and Mary loved Grace. But inseparable bonds in life can be unexpectedly shattered. When this happens to Grace, she is plunged into a dark and mesmerizing world, a world full of bells and the ringing sky, of odd little children, strange events, and frighteningly bizarre grown-ups.
"I felt cheated, too."