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When Our Jack Went to War

When Our Jack Went to War A fictional account of a real life tragedy based on the author s research into the death of her own great uncle who died in The NZ Post Award winning Sandy McKay ably conveys how war affects ev

  • Title: When Our Jack Went to War
  • Author: Sandy McKay
  • ISBN: 9781775533092
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fictional account of a real life tragedy, based on the author s research into the death of her own great uncle, who died in 1917 The NZ Post Award winning Sandy McKay ably conveys how war affects everyone it s a superb meditation on war and its devastating effect on soldiers and their families.A powerful, moving story for young teenagers, set in World War One It s 19A fictional account of a real life tragedy, based on the author s research into the death of her own great uncle, who died in 1917 The NZ Post Award winning Sandy McKay ably conveys how war affects everyone it s a superb meditation on war and its devastating effect on soldiers and their families.A powerful, moving story for young teenagers, set in World War One It s 1917 and Jack enlists And although 13 year old Tom is envious of his elder brother, he soon changes his mind as the reality of war becomes apparent We follow Jack s story through his letters home and through the eyes of his younger brother Tom writes about life at home in New Zealand living with Mum and their young sister, Amy, learning to hunt with his uncle, getting a puppy and learning to knit for the war effort.Jack writes of his first hand experience in Trentham, the troop ship, Britain, France, the Battle of Messines and finally, Passchendaele Sadly the story ends with Jack being killed at Passchendaele along with hundreds of other Kiwis Of the 180 soldiers in the 2nd Otago Division, 148 lost their lives in one day in New Zealand s worst ever military disaster.

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    1. Sandy Mckay’s gorgeous ‘When our Jack Went To War’ is a story that deals with small life events set against world-changing wars. The book is told as letters between Tom, a young boy in Dunedin, and Jack, his older brother. In 1916, when The Great War begins, Jack volunteers for the army. In turns funny and sad, the book is a great read for any kid (or adult) who wants to know more about WW1. Longacre, the publisher, has formatted it beautifully: the story contains excerpts from papers, rep [...]

    2. Tom, his mum and little sister Amy are proud but worried when their older brother and son has to go off to war. They have already lost their husband and father, leaving mum depressed and prone to staring out the window for hours on end.They’d be lost with Mum’s friend Mrs J from around the corner – who comes in and sorts out the house and gets mum moving again.Letters begin between 13 yr old Tom and 18 yr old Jack away at Trentham training camp. The letters are light hearted to begin with, [...]

    3. I received this book free via and that did not in any way impact on my review.WARNING, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! ever. and certainly not without a box of tissues. THIS BOOK WILL DESTROY YOU AND LEAVE YOU SOBBING ON THE FLOOR WANDERING WHY YOU EVER READ IT! and yes that is a valid reason for reading it, I hope my mum enjoys it as much as I did (cause I left it for her to read - I'm nice like that)Now, as a general rule I try and avoid books that I know will make me cry - I don't really cope with sa [...]

    4. My Review'When our Jack went to War' was a interesting, historical book on love and world war two.I decided to read this book because Mum recommended it and got it out of the library for me to read. She knew i was interested in the second world war with the Nazis and that and her decisions were thorough. I enjoyed the book immensely. This book also fitted into to one of the last spaces on my bingo board.The spot this book fitted into on my bingo board was 'A book that teaches you about another t [...]

    5. A comprehensive story during war time written as letters sent between two kiwi brothers, one at war and one at home. The letters are interspersed with different text types such as newspaper articles and poetry. I wonder whether the final few letters would have made it through as is, given the censorship of details of attacks. Concentrating on the viewpoints of characters back home namely Tom, Ma and Mrs J, it covers the usual ideas of the changing opinions on war as injured soldiers return and t [...]

    6. (Yvonne) A fantastic story for young and old which illustrates the tolls of the Great War, both on the boys that were fighting and the famillies that were left at home. The letters between the brothers really draw you in and make the whole thing feel more real, plus the reproductions of actual newspaper clippings give it a more ligitimate air.

    7. This will be a great resource for the WW1 centenary in 2014. Mostly written as letters between jack and his young brother at home near Dunedin, interspersed with newspaper reports (from Papers Past?). Well structured and well written, right down to the slang in use at that time - some of which I hadn't heard for years!

    8. This book is absolutely amazing, lately it has been taking me a while to get into a book - but 'When Our Jack Went To War' is so emotionally gripping you can't put it down, I won this book from this site and the day I received it the day it was finished. Thank you very much Sandy. I am in the process of sending you back a card!

    9. Touching epistolary form tale of two brothers separated by war, the younger one staying in Dunedin, NZ while the older boy is conscripted into the army, trained and shipped out to England to join the war in the trenches and find himself part of the ANZAC troops fighting at Passchendaele. A moving and effectively told story with a realistic voice

    10. I don't know how Sandy McKay did it, but even though I knew the inevitable was going to happen she still made all the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when it did (I'm not a crier).Clever structure, great story, will be recommending this to teachers and students.

    11. It is a truly touching book it is hard to think that things like that actually happened I don't usually cry but this one had me on the verge of yelling out I used a whole roll of tissues literally!!!

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