The Soldier's Gift

The Soldier's Gift

By  Tony Palmer, Jane Tanner

The Soldier's Gift is a moving story of one family's courage and endurance during the First World War, the terrible losses at Gallipoli and a time that changed Australia forever.

Jane Tanner

Illustrator

Emily knows her big brother, Tom, wants to leave Hillside Farm and go overseas to the war, but Emily doesn't want him to go.

'Everyone else is going,' said Tom to Emily when their uncle was gone. 'That's not a good reason,' said Emily.

The Soldier's Gift eloquently and beautifully encapsulates a time in Australia that was pivotal to changes in our culture and psyche, within the context of the nation itself and as it stood in the world. The first world war was devastating in it's wholesale destruction of human life, and for a fledgling nation like Australia, this mortal loss was to have far reaching effects. The Soldier's Gift is an intimate window into that time, as portrayed by a young girl and her father, as their lives change and shift to accommodate the intrusion of world politics and the very personal loss of family.

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Paperback

9780143507161

February 27, 2017

Picture Puffin (AU YR)

RRP $16.99

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Hardback

9780670077571

July 23, 2014

Viking (AU YR)

RRP $26.99

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EBook

9781743482131

July 28, 2014

Penguin eBooks (AU YR)

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Awards & Recognition

2016

W.A. Young Readers Book Award (WAYRA)

Shortlisted

2016

WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted

2015

CBC Book of the Year

2015

2015

CBCA Book of the Year Awards