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War's end

Author: Victoria Bowen
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : Woolshed Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Primary school : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Set in Western Australia, this is a poignant and revealing tale of one familys experience and response to war and its aftermath, the Spanish Influenza. Told from two points of view, 12 year old Nell and her returned soldier father whom she barely knows. Nell wakes up in hospital; her last memory is of being consigned to the Death Train, from which, school lore insists, no-one returns. During the trip home from the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Children's stories, Australian
Fiction
Juvenile works
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Primary school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Victoria Bowen
ISBN: 9781741663662 1741663660
OCLC Number: 261125845
Description: 200 pages ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Victoria Bowen.

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Set in Western Australia, this is a poignant and revealing tale of one familys experience and response to war and its aftermath, the Spanish Influenza. Told from two points of view, 12 year old Nell and her returned soldier father whom she barely knows. Nell wakes up in hospital; her last memory is of being consigned to the Death Train, from which, school lore insists, no-one returns. During the trip home from the isolation hospital where, against all expectations, she has recovered, she and her father each recall the past eight months from when the Armistice was declared to the moment Dad finally reached home, a homecoming delayed by the closure of the port of Fremantle due to an influenza related strike. On the same day the boat is unable to dock, Nells mother takes the decision to hide the fact that her son has contracted the flu, the terrible consequences of which will haunt her and change the family forever.

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