Title: The Great Gallipoli Escape
Author: Jackie French
Reviewer: Donna Dobson
“All of them, no matter how kind they are, or how friendly, or how much they’re like us. We have to get through the Turkish lines…This is what war is.”
The story is told from the point of view of Nipper, a 16-year-old Australian boy, who has just played cricket with the enemy, and is gifted with a small painting done by a Turkish soldier, before he has to return to the trenches. Through his experiences, we learn about the Gallipoli War, including the secret retreat.
A quick read, due to chapter size and the matter-of-fact way that the author has woven the story. It reveals the atrocities of war, without being graphic. This ensures a practical, less emotional read that will engage young readers. This story is about endurance, friendship, compassion and courage.
Links to History Curriculum (World War 1/ War & Conflict); English Curriculum (Resilience and Belonging)