With ANZAC day right around the corner, we have picked out our top suggestions for must-read ANZAC themed books.
This book exposes the rich history behind Anzac Day; seeking to answer the many questions children often ask their parents and teachers around the 25th of April every year. It covers all aspects of Anzac Day, from the Gallipoli Campaign and the Great War, right through to the format of the commemorative services held annually throughout the country.
Billy, a 17-year-old shepherd working on a farm in the Manawatu, lies about his age and enlists in the army. We follow his and his mate Jack’s journey in the Mounted Rifles from their Awapuni training camp, to Egypt before being shipped out – without their horses – to Gallipoli. There they discover that war isn’t the big adventure they thought it would be. It is the first book in the series that tracks each year in World War 1, each focusing on different aspects of the war.
It’s 1915 and sixteen-year-old Flora Wentworth’s comfortable life is turned upside down when visiting Cairo with her archaeologist father. She watches with growing alarm as first a trickle and then a flood of wounded soldiers are shipped into the city from Gallipoli. She is soon transporting injured soldiers and helping out exhausted nurses and managing to fall in love along the way.
Evan travels with his father to the Dardenelles to aid the Allied soldiers when they are captured by the Turks. They are launched into an epic journey, living on their wits and the kindness of strangers as they escape. The gripping story of an incredible journey behind enemy lines told in diary form that is an eye-opening adventure story that cleverly explores both sides of the war.
For young Private Peaceful, looking back over his childhood while he is on night watch in the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside: his mother, Charlie, Big Joe, and Molly, the love of his life. Too young to be enlisted, Thomas has followed his brother to war and now, every moment he spends thinking about his life, means another moment closer to danger.
Like many of his mates from the bush, Frank Ballantyne is keen to join the grand adventure and do his bit. So Frank ups his age and volunteers with his horse Daisy … and his dad. In the deserts of Egypt and Palestine, to Gallipoli, then the famous charge at Beersheba, through to the end of the war and its unforgettable aftermath, Frank’s story grows out of some key moments in Australia’s history. This is the powerful story of a young man’s journey towards his own kind of bravery.
“War is stupid,” mumbled Tyson as he slammed the last photo album shut. He pushed it roughly back into the box and slapped the lid down, hard. There was no way he was going to the Dawn Parade with Mum and Poppa tomorrow. Why celebrate something so terrible? But after listening to the stories about the soldiers in his family Tyson feels differently and goes to the parade.
Love these recommendations? Then be sure to pop into the Library and check one out today! But not on ANZAC day, we will be closed.