An ANZAC tale by Ruth StarkeAugust 6th, 2014
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Two mates, Roy and Wally enlist and set off on what they hope will be the adventure of a lifetime. But one day after the landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915 more than 2000 of their fellow soldiers are dead. Following that dreadful day Wally, Roy, and new found friend Tom, settle to life that is a constant battle against the enemy combined with lesser but equally constant battles against flies, fleas, cold and disease. Interspersed with the story of the ANZAC campaign are snippets of life back home in Australia told through the eyes of Roy and Wally’s family and friends. These tales from home amply illustrate the community’s changing attitudes, from support for the Empire to extreme cynicism and disillusionment as casualties begin to arrive home.
A sophisticated picture book told in graphic novel format. Although the story is told through an Australian lens this title is a very useful addition to school library collections.
Image by State Library of south Australia