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WWI Fiction

Sometimes based on a true story and sometimes originating in the imagination of the author, these fictional stories set during WWI cover many aspects of the time, from battles, to what it was like to be a young soldier, to the flu epidemic going on at the same time, to children worrying about their brothers and fathers.

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Archie's War 
When Archie is given a scrapbook for his 10th birthday in 1914, he chronicles the next four years with documents, artifacts and comic strips. grades 3 - 6
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A Brave Soldier
Show the real life conditions of the Canadians who fought in World War I, neither glorifying war nor dwelling on the horror. A realistic portrayal for young people.
grades 2 - 4
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Brothers Far From Home
In the popular series Dear Canada. Eliza writes in her diary about her worries and longing for her older brother who enlisted in the war. Then her brother Jack also signs up.
grades 5 - 9
imageCharlie Wilcox
In 1915  Charlie stows away on a boat which is a troop ship headed for war in Europe. Rather than return, he decides to become a stretcher bearer and witnesses the horrors of war and the Battle of the Somme. grades 6 -10
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Charlie Wilcox's Great War
It is 1919 and the war has ended. and Charlie returns to Newfoundland. This continues the story begun in Charlie Wilcox. grades 6 -10
imageCrossing Stones
WWI shatters the idyllic life of two families. With the males off at war, Muriel becomes active in protests and the suffragette movement.
grades 6-10
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Fire in the Sky
One of the titles in the I Am Canada series. This is an account of a young pilot's action-packed account of some of the fiercest air battles of the Great War. 
grades 5 - 10


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If I Die Before I Wake
From the Dear Canada series. This is a diary-based story about the Spanish flu epidemic which raged during WWI and how it affected one family.
grades 5 - 9

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Lord of the Nutcracker Men
Ten year old Johnny plays with the wooden nutcracker soliders that his father carves for him but after his father signs up for the war, his letters home describe the goings on and Johnny starts to believe that the wooden soldiers are somehow predicting what happens to his father.  grades 5 - 8
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A Medal for Leroy
Michael doesn't remember his father who died in a Spitfire during the war, but then his mother gives him a medal and a photograph which reveal a hidden story.
grades 4 - 8
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Only Remembered
This is an anthology of the best writing about WWI collected by British author Michael Morpurgo. Poems, short stories, letters home, newspaper accounts and more.
grades 7 - 12
imagePrisoners in the Promised Land
Tells the heart-wrenching story of one Ukrainian girl in the internment camp in Canada during WWI. Dear Canada series.
grades 5 - 9
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Rilla of Ingleside
By the author of Anne of Green Gables, this story is about high-spirited Rilla who is growing up in Canada but whose life is interrupted by events in Europe during WWI.
grades 7 - 10
imageSabotage
It is 1915 and the Great War is raging in Europe. What does that have to do with John Maki in Port Arthur? Heaps, as it turns out. Spies and sabotage are afoot in NWOntario.
grades 4 - 8
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Shot at Dawn
Another in the I Am Canada series. Told from the perspective of a soldier who is remembering what led up to his being sentenced to death for abandoning his unit.
grades 5 - 10
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The Silver Donkey
Set in France during WWI, it is a gentle fable about a English soldier, the heroic children he meets and a steadfast donkey. grades 4 - 6
imageSilver Threads
The story of Ukrainian immigrants to Canada. When Ivan volunteers to fight for his new country during WWI, tragedy strikes. grades 2 - 5
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Stay Where You Are and Then Leave
Four years after Alfie's father left for the war, Alfie discovers that he is nearby in a hospital being treated for "shell shock". Alfie wants to rescue him.
grades 6 - 9
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