Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier

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A graphic adaptation of a 100-year-old diary brings World War I history to life

One winter morning, Barroux was walking down a street in Paris when he made an extraordinary find: the real diary of a soldier in World War I. Barroux rescued the diary from the trash and illustrated the soldier's words. In this striking black and white graphic novel adaptation of a 100-year-old diary, the events of the first two months of World War I are given fresh meaning and relevance to modern audiences. This is living history that has the power to engage new generations through one man's story that is silhouetted against the historical events that formed and transformed the world we live in today.

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Barroux is a popular illustrator whose books include Extraordinary PetsMr. Leon's Paris, and Where's Mary's Hat. He has worked as a press illustrator for Forbes Magazine, the New York Times, and the Washington PostMichael Morpurgo is the award-winning children's author of such titles as Kensuke's Kingdom, Private Peaceful, and War HorseSarah Ardizzone has twice won the Marsh Award for children's literature in translation.

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Gr 5 Up—An unusual perspective on the Great War. French author/illustrator Barroux Found A Soldier's Diary Among Some Belongings Being Discarded On The Street And Decided To Depict This Young Man's Words In The Graphic Novel Format. The Diary Covers The First Two Months Of World WarI, as seen from the perspective of a French infantryman. The story is both fascinating and frustrating, as we read about the boredom and confusion experienced by soldiers who spend most of their time walking, digging trenches, waiting for letters, looking for shelter, and wondering where the war is, exactly. Once in a while they will see a plane overhead, or hear artillery fire off in the distance, or have to hide from the enemy. Instead of the usual "big picture" focus garnered from textbooks, readers see the war as a microcosm, as told by one of its thousand moving parts. Barroux's illustrations were created with thick butcher's pencil on watercolor paper, which were then covered with a tinted varnish. The overall effect is of black-and-white drawings seen through a sepia-toned filter, which make the pictures look as old as the story itself. This volume would be most appreciated by readers looking for primary sources about World War I, as well as anyone who wants to know what it was like to be a soldier a century ago.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library

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Book Description Phoenix Yard Books, United Kingdom, 2014. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. We need the voice of a witness to tell the unadulterated truth. We have it in the remarkable book. - MICHAEL MORPURGO. One winter s morning, illustrator Barroux was walking down a street in Paris when he made an extraordinary discovery: the diary of a soldier in the First World War.Barroux rescued the diary from the rubbish heap, took the diary back to his studio and subsequently illustrated the soldier s words. The result is a striking graphic novel adaptation of the soldier s moving and powerful account of war.The diary was discovered along with a medal and a song lyrics in the back of the diary that continue until 1917. But there is no name in the diary - the name on the cover has long faded. He remains the unknown soldier. We just have his words, and it is in his own words and Barroux s extraordinary pictures that his story his told. The diary recounts the first few months of the First World War, from the moment France declares war and mobilisation is announced, until early September 1914. Our soldier s diary tells of the long journeys and endless nights; the search for food and wine; the friendships and the courage in the trenches; the sound of gunfire and the pain of swollen feet; and a narrow escape. In the words of Michael Morpurgo, who has written a special introduction to the book, this is a witness statement, the untrammelled, unedited voice of someone who was there. This is one man s story silhouetted against the great backdrop of history and the events of 1914 that formed and transformed the world we live in today. - REVIEWS - This book should be (and will be) in every school library. -- TEACHING ENGLISH. Line of Fire is one of the most extraordinary - and beautiful - books about the First World War. Through Barroux s wonderful illustrations readers emphasise absolutely with the soldier s experience. -- LOVE READING. Amongst the many commemorations of The Great War, Line of Fire truly stands out as a remarkable piece. -- PAUL GRAVETT. A timely and very different read about the hell of war, suitable for primary up. -- OBSERVER. Children s Book of the Week in the SUNDAY TIMES -- Feb 2014. An unusually personal view of World War I s early days. -- KIRKUS REVIEWS. An unforgettable reading experience for readers of all ages. -- KIDS READS. A truly remarkable graphic novel.Line of Fire is a brilliant and devastating account of one man s part in the war, all the more poignant because it is told in his own words.It is a book for all. -- THE ILLUSTRATED FOREST. Seller Inventory # AA99781907912399

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