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Above the trenches of WW1

17-year-old Bob Sunday has stolen his brother’s identity to enlist in WW1. Keith was killed at Gallipoli, so doesn’t need it any more, anyway. But Bob is keen to join the Royal Flying Corps, and soon finds himself flying patrols over the front line in France, up against the likes of the Red Baron – Manfred von Richthofen. A boy’s dreams of adventure are soon shattered amid the horrors of war; culminating in his witnessing the destruction at Passchendaele. The fourth episode in a gripping series that tracks each year in World War One, from 1914 to 1918, each focussing on different aspects of war. Each book in the series is written by a top New Zealand author and features threads that link the stories together.

Suggested Age Range: 10-14yrs

Rating  (9 ratings by visitors to this site)

This book should be compulsory reading for all teenagers, both boys and girls....

- Jo - Kiwi Reviews - April 2017

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A gripping and realistic World War One novel for Young Adults...

- booktrailers4kidsandya - April 2017

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A gripping tale of heroism and despair...

- Trevor Agnew - Agnew Reading - May 2017

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Machines of War is a gripping piece of storytelling as well as a salutary reminder of the horrors of war. ...

- Bill Nagelkerke - Magpies Magazine - May 2017

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An Excellent Series Continues…...

- Lorraine Orman - Kids Books NZ - May 2017

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Falkner has woven a gripping story using a factual basis...

- Graham Hepburn - NZ Herald Weekender Magazine - August 2017

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Full on flying and fighting action, but also a great storyline....

- Penny Walch - Southwell Library - April 2017

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After keenly anticipating this fourth book in the Kiwis at War series, I was not disappointed. ...

- Chris Wright - Bookrapt - May 2017

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