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Children's LiteratureThrough all the joys and traumas of their childhood in the English countryside, Charlie was there to take care of his little brother, Tommo. When Charlie joins the army to fight in World War I, an underage Tommo signs up too. Through the horrors of war, the bigotry of social classes, and the bullying by an officer, Charlie never wavers in his protection of his brother or fellow troops. It is precisely this that gets Charlie into trouble. Written from Tommo's perspective during the night before an awful, fateful day, Tommo recounts his childhood and his relationship with his brother. Morpurgo has created a haunting story in graceful prose. His rich language brings the characters vividly to life. The shattering of innocence that occurred in the "war to end all wars" is powerfully portrayed throughout the story and in its stunning ending. This will have a strong impact on young adult readers. 2004, Scholastic, Ages 14 up.