Winner of the Junior Fiction Award and Children's Choice for Children and Young Adults 2013 (New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2013)
Winner of The Lianza Librarians' Choice Award, 2013
"It is a searing read but the book speaks with great authority." Clare Morpurgo, The School Librarian (UK publication)
“...this is an important and highly readable book.” NZ Listener “there are stories that need to be told over and over again ...” NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults
“Beautifully written and deeply engrossing.” Otago Daily Times
“Real, raw ... and fabulous all at the same time.” Adele Broadbent, writer/reviewer
It's New Zealand, 1914, and the biggest war the world has known has just broken out in Europe. William eagerly enlists for the army but his younger brother, Edmund, is a conscientious objector and refuses to fight. While William trains to be a soldier, Edmund is arrested. Both brothers will end up on the bloody battlefields of France, but their journeys there are very different. And what they experience at the front line will challenge the beliefs that led them there.