Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

Posted by Sherry on 10/3/2016 in 1914, 2016, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General, World War I |

Edith Nesbit’s classic story of siblings and magic, The Five Children and It, was first published in 1905. In Five Children on the Western Front, British children’s author Kate Suanders gives us the Bastable children about nine years older and wiser and the Psammead (pronounced Sammy-ad) as irascible as ever, but not quite so magical. […]


Remembrance by Theresa Breslin

I read Remembrance for my journey to Scotland last month because it was the only book by Theresa Breslin, Carnegie medal winning Scottish author, that my library system had. And it was set during World War I, a favorite time period. There were definitely echoes of Downton Abbey in the book. Seventeen year old John […]


The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

Posted by Sherry on 4/12/2015 in 1918, General, Russia, World War I |

The Family Romanov: Murder Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming. Were the Romanov family a Christian family, persecuted by the evil Communist revolutionaries and ultimately martyrs to their (Orthodox) faith? “Alix (Alexandra) . . . spent hours a day on her knees in prayer.” (p.28) “God’s will must always be accepted […]


March 18th: St. Alexander of Jerusalem and Second Lieutenant Owen

Posted by Sherry on 3/18/2014 in 1918, General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry, World War I |

St. Alexander was a bishop in Jerusalem in the third century, and he is known for having founded a theological library and a school in Jerusalem during his tenure there. When he was an old man, he was arrested and taken to prison in Caesarea where he died, after being physically tortured and almost fed […]


Poetry Friday: The 20th Gift of Christmas in France, 1917

Posted by Sherry on 12/20/2013 in 1917, General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry, World War I |

Christmas Eve in France by Jessie Fauset “Jessie Redmon Fauset (April 27, 1882 – April 30, 1961) was an American editor, poet, essayist and novelist. Fauset was the editor of the NAACP magazine The Crisis. She also was the editor and co-author for the African American children’s magazine Brownies’ Book. She studied the teachings and […]


The Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd

Posted by Sherry on 1/17/2013 in 1916, 1917, Adult Fiction, General, Historical fiction, Mysteries, World War I |

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd. In which we are introduced to nurse Bess Crawford as she becomes a survivor of the sinking of HMHS Britannic in the Kea Channel off the Greek island of Kea on the morning of November 21, 1916. Upon her return to England to convalesce, Bess carries a […]


Letters of Charles Hamilton Sorley

Posted by Sherry on 6/25/2012 in 1914, Biography/Memoir, Nonfiction, World War I |

Charles Hamilton Sorley was a British soldier in the first part of World War I. He had been a student in Germany before the war and had some admiration for the German spirit and Kultur. He was killed in action at the battle of Loos on October 13, 1915. His father gathered and published Sorley’s […]


The Summer of Katya by Trevanian

Posted by Sherry on 6/21/2012 in 1914, 20th Century History Project, Adult Fiction, France, General, World War I |

A couple of weeks ago when we played Book Tag with the theme of Summer Setting, Summer Reading, Debbie at ExUrbanis recommended this novel, saying that is was “part mystery and part love story.” So I borrowed a copy from the library. And it is part mystery and part love story with a bit of […]


Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz

“The alleys, the houses, the palaces and mosques and the people who live among them are evoked as vividly in [Mahfouz’s] work as the streets of London were conjured up by Dickens.” ~Newsweek I was struggling through Mr. Mahfouz’s epic novel, the first part of a trilogy set in modern Cairo, Egypt, and in the […]


War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Posted by Sherry on 6/17/2012 in General, World War I, Young Adult Fiction |

As I began reading this story, recently made into a Steven Spielberg movie by the same title, I immediately was reminded of one of my favorite horse stories, Black Beauty. Joey, the War Horse, and Black Beauty actually have a lot in common. Both horses tell their stories in first person from the point of […]

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