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  • Boy fishing on a wharf with a soldier.

    The Sea Devil

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Kimberly Andrews

    "Just beyond the long arm of the wharf, the camp’s launch, Pearl, tugged at its mooring. The thought of a big fish jagging on his line quickened James’s pace, and it wasn’t until he was on the wharf that he saw he was not alone. A dark figure leant against one of the piles – it was one of the Germans, staring at the boat."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: adventure story, escape, Felix von Luckner, First World War, history, internment, Motuihe Island, prisoners of war, Sea Devil, World War 1

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Chunuk bair cover.

    Chunuk Bair

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Robert Sullivan

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Chunuk Bair, First World War, Anzac, soldiers, Gallipoli, poetry

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Fly.

    Fly

    by Lynley Edmeades

    Poem

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Topics: capture, courage, escape, family, flying, history, Johnny Pohe, language, Māori, pilots, prison camps, prisoners of war, poetry, Second World War, Stalag Luš III, World War II

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Torty the tortoise.

    Torty, the Lucky Tortoise

    by David Chadwick

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Book cover of JJ 48.

    The adventures of Torty, the tortoise started in Greece during the First World War when she was rescued by Stewart, a New Zealand stretcher-bearer. Stewart took Torty back home to New Zealand at the end of the war and looked after her until he died. Torty is still alive and is cared for by Stewart’s family. This true story is told through a variety of text forms including two pages of graphic layout.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tortoise, First World War, soldier, hibernation, torty, reptile, stretcher-bearer

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Das piano cover.

    Das Piano

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Bernard Beckett

    This dark, humorous narrative is set during the First World War and, through exaggeration, shows the effects of extreme patriotism that can appear in wartime. Thomas, the narrator, hates Mrs Biggs, his teacher. He also hates singing. When Mrs Biggs finds him playing Catch the German, she punishes him by making him sing in front of the mayor. Thomas’s desperate attempt to avoid singing has unexpected results when Mrs Biggs and the mayor decide to smash the piano – because it was made in Germany.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, piano, school, German, destruction, humour, bully

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • The anzac button cover.

    The Anzac Button

    L2 cover image feb2012.

    by Judy Raymond

    This is the story of a button that was sewn onto the jacket of a First World War soldier. After the war, the soldier returns to New Zealand and wears the jacket to annual Anzac Day parades. Many years later, Ella, the soldier’s great-granddaughter, discovers the jacket. She sews the button onto a ribbon and proudly wears it to another Anzac Day parade. The story ends with a factual note about the meaning of Anzac Day.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, February 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: button, First World War, soldier,war, New Zealand, Anzac Day, parades

    In: School Journal Level 2, February 2012

    Publication date: February 2012

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  • Grey angels cover.

    Grey Angels

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Anna Rogers

    Although students will be aware of the role soldiers play in wartime, few will know about the role of nurses. This article describes the work
    of New Zealand nurses who travelled to Africa and Europe during the First World War. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, nurses, hospital ships, Somme, Edna Pengelly, Gallipoli, soldiers, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • The maori pioneer battalion cover.

    Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Māori Pioneer Battalion

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Monty Soutar

    This article tells the story of Māori and the First World War and of the huge contribution made by the pioneer Māori Battalion. The topic will be unfamiliar for many students, but the themed content in the surrounding items will provide support. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, British Empire, Māori soldiers, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Māori contingent, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Mr archibald cover.

    Mr Archibald

    Book cover.

    by Oliver McLean, Arrowtown School

    Winner of the 2015 Elsie Locke Writing Prize

    illustrations by Craig Phillips

    Series: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Boer War, bravery, conscientious objectors, cowardice, Elsie Locke, First World War, student writing

    In: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Lest we forget cover.

    Lest We Forget

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by Jane Tolerton

    Soldiers remembering the war in their own words …

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: First World War, Battle of Somme, National War Memorial, history, British Empire, Gallipoli, shell shock, interviews, oral history

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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