WW1 History for 13 yr old

#1
Eldest daughter is off to France on a school trip in the autumn. They'll do some WW1 battle fields and (I hope) the Menin Gate. What I am after is a decent history of the War, written for teenagers that doesn't peddle the usual trendy lefty falsehood. Something along the lines of "Mud,Blood & Poppycock" or "Tommy" but for the younger reader.

any ideas?
 
#2
The Daily Telegraph pictorial History of World War One, all twenty volumes, recently in reprint for the give away price of £200
 

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#3
"Voices from the Trenches" Excellent and easy read.
 
#4
At that age I would not suggest any thing other than a decent adult history book, anything else would be insulting.

In any reading list I would include 'Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man', and Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur.
 
#6
I'm wondering whether it would also be useful for her to read some of the poetry from the First World War? I was introduced to Dulce et decorum est by Wilfred Owen in the fifth form and it made a lasting impression on me, as did the other poets of the WW1 battlefields. In Flanders Fields would be a good suggestion too.

I recollect that a friend who teaches history at secondary level told me that kids like a series called Horrible Histories and I see that the author has written one on WW1:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0590113208/?tag=armrumser-21

You might wish to look at the book yourself, though - I'd hate you to order it online then loathe it, so here is a link to Waterstone's too. This page allows you to check the stock in your local branch - if it's in, pop along and check it out:

http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=5782460
 
#7
I recently heard part of a radio dramatisation of Private Peaceful. I might get a copy to read myself then pass it on. My only concern is that it focusses on someone about to be shot for cowardice or whatever reason-these relatively infrequent incidents have a disproportionate amount of attention given to them. I don't know if they are studying the war poets but that is an excellent suggestion. Thanks for the ideas-the focus seems to be on the individuals' experience which is right for this age group, I think
 

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#10
I read this very recently and found it enthralling. My 12 year old nephew also read it, so may be suitable.
http://www.tesco.com/books/product.aspx?R=9780304367320&bci=432|WWI
 
#11
Voices and Images by Lyn MacDonald is a good read, infact any of the Lyn MacDonald books would be good material...
 
#13
My young `un recently studied this very subject at his school. We found the following site quite useful;

www.bbc.co.uk/scools/worldwarone/

Informing without being patronising (unusual for Auntie, I thought).

It`s a great subject, hope your young `un enjoys it as much as mine did.
 

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