My Story Series

History comes alive through exciting stories:

STORIES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

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From the outbreak of fighting in 1914 to the armistice in 1918 – twelve stories of young lives torn apart by conflict tell the story of the First World War. Soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses, ambulance drivers – all heroes. With a foreword by Johnson Beharry VC.

SECOND WORLD WAR STORIES FOR BOYS

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Three books in one!
DEADLY SKIES – a young Spitfire pilot’s dogfights in the skies over Britain.
TANK ATTACK – a tank driver’s daring escape in the deserts of North Africa.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES – a heart-stopping sabotage mission with Orde Wingate’s Chindits in the jungle of Burma.

DARING WORLD WAR TWO STORIES FOR BOYS

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Three books in one!

NIGHT BOMBER – August 1943 – V2 rockets are a deadly threat to the Allied War effort. A fleet of 600 bombers set out to destroy them and one young flight engineer prepares to risk his life in the most important mission he has ever flown.

DEPTH CHARGE DANGER - September 1943 – The mighty German battleship Tirpitz lies moored in the safety of a Norwegian fjord. All previous attempts to sink her have failed. The experimental and highly dangerous mini-submarines, the X-Craft, is the last chance to sink the Tirpitz.

ISLAND OF FEAR – February 1945 – the war in the East continues. The island of Iwo Jima is a vital strategic link in the battle against the enemy. As American forces prepare to invade, we are with one young marine on the eve of one of World War 2’s most ferocious battles.

Each book is part war story, part fact: Night Bomber reveals what it was really like to fly a Lancaster; Depth Charge Danger to be in a midget submarine; and Island of Fear shows what it was really like to be a US Marine during the attack on Iwo Jima.

LONDON STORIES

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Brought low by the Black Death, burned to the ground and blitzed, London continually rises from the ashes as new generations are born. Follow the children of the Baker family through 2000 years of London’s history and stories, from a simple settlement by the Thames to a vibrant city hosting the 2012 Olympic Games.

MY STORY: DODGER!

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In 1840, 9-yearold Dick Maybury arrives in London with nowhere to stay, no money, and no friends. A chance meeting with the Adelphi gang gives him all three. But the gang make their living outside the law, and Dick learns that the life of a pickpocket is very had to leave behind.

MY STORY: PYRAMID OF SECRETS

Pyramid of Secrets

It’s 2517BC and the river Nile has flooded. Unable to plough their fields, Nebka follows his uncle to build the pyramid of Khafre. It’s back-breaking work, all for the glory of the Pharaoh. Then he meets a mysterious prisoner claiming to be the rightful heir to the throne and is drawn into a deadly plot.

 

MY STORY: THE SWEEP’S BOY

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It’s 1870 when the Workhouse Master hires Will out as a chimney sweep’s boy. It’s hard, dirty dangerous life, and it’s not long before events take an even worse turn as Will’s climbing skills attract the attention of the evil Hutch, a vicious burglar who needs Will’s skills to help him in his life of crime.

 

MY STORY: ROMAN INVASION

Roman Invasion

It’s AD84 when Bran, a prince of the Carvetti tribe, is captured by the Romans. A legion of soldiers is marching east across northern Britain to build a military road. It’s hostile country, and Bran is to go with them as a hostage to ensure the legion’s safety … but no-one is safe in newly conquered Britain.

 

MY STORY: THE TRENCHES

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Trenches

It’s 1917 and Billy Stevens is a telegraph operator stationed near Ypres. The Great War has been raging for three years when Billy finds himself taking part in the deadly Big Push forward. But he is shocked to discover that the bullets of his fellow soldiers aren’t just aimed at the enemy.  (“The Trenches” is on the recommended reading list for schools in Australia and Canada).

 

MY STORY: DESERT DANGER

Desert Danger

World War 2 – the Battle of Alamein through the eyes of a teenage bomb disposal soldier.

(also published in WAR STORIES FOR BOYS)

War Stories for Boys
War Stories for Boys
War Stories for Boys

MY STORY: SPY SMUGGLER

Spy Smuggler

France in World War 2 – a young boy joins the Resistance and soon finds his life is in danger

MY STORY: WAR SPY

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It’s France in 1943, and after getting himself in a fight with the Nazis and landing in a police cell, 13-year old Paul Lelaud is recruited into the French Resistance. (Formerly published as “Spy Smuggler”).


MY STORY: FLYING ACE

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World War 1 – a young fighter pilot joins the fledgling Royal Flying Corps, at a time when a pilot’s lifespan is measured in days.


MY STORY: ARMADA

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1587 – a young boy joins Francis Drake’s ship and is caught up in the action against the Spanish Armada.

 

MY TRUE STORIES SERIES

STANDING ALONE (the true story of Jack Cornwell VC)

Standing Alone

World War 1 at sea – the true story of the deadly Battle of Jutland; and the youngest person in the Royal Navy to win the Victoria Cross.

The Battle of Jutland would go down in history as the last great naval battle. One boy was destined to emerge a hero. Jack Cornwell was just sixteen when he made the ultimate sacrifice. His courageous story moved the nation and offered hope when all the lights were going out across Britain.

The “My Story” & “My True Story” series are published by Scholastic Children’s Books: www.scholastic.co.uk/zone

To get any of Jim’s books, order through the publishers at their websites, or your bookshop, or www.amazon.co.uk

You can also read reviews of Jim’s books at:

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/author/1497/Jim-Eldridge.html

To get in touch with Jim, e-mail him at: jimeldridge@jimeldridge.force9.co.uk

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