Billy Stevens goes to war in the trenches as an innocent
boy and comes back as a man. Carlisle, 1919.
It all began just five years ago, but in those five years
everything has changed. In that time I''ve lost good friends, and
made new ones. I''ve changed from Billy Stevens, the innocent boy
from Carlisle, to Billy Stevens, a man whose mind is still filled
with memories of terrible sights that I hope no one else has to see
or live through. This is my story, told while those memories are
still vivid in my mind. But I don''t think they''ll ever go
Sixteen-year-old Billy Stevens joins the military to "kick the
Kaiser back to Germany." He lies about his age to join up, and is
initially disappointed when he is assigned to the Royal Engineers
because of his telegraph training. But soon enough he is sent to
the Front and the terrible sights and sounds of the trenches. Told
in the first person, this exciting book lets young readers feel
what it was like to live in England during the Great War.