My Story: The Trenches: Billy Stevens, The Western Front 1914-1918

by Jim Eldridge

Scholastic Canada Ltd | September 1, 2006 | Trade Paperback

My Story: The Trenches: Billy Stevens, The Western Front 1914-1918 is rated 4.75 out of 5 by 4.
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 away...

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 6.96 × 5.06 × 0.42 in

Published: September 1, 2006

Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0439938821

ISBN - 13: 9780439938822

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing historical research! I solute the author for the amazing research. He got all the facts exact and detailed. The book was great and gave a different toll on the war because instead of telling the story of how the victims suffered it was talking about how the attackers suffered and how pressure got them into the war. The most amazing part of the book is in the afterword on page 126 paragraph 3 starting with "The First World War...." That paragraph has unfolded the mystery of WW2 nad why it happened. I have many theories on the history of why WW2 happened after reading that paragraph. Just Amazing book!!!!
Date published: 2008-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent historical fiction! Jim Eldridge must have done significant research on the history of trench warfare, on the role of the engineers, and on World War I in general to write this novel. The facts and details he conveys in the book are consistent with the information presented in adult history books and documentaries on World War I. This accuracy of facts gives the novel historical credibility. The decision by Eldridge to write the novel in the first person within the character of Billy Stevens gives the novel more immediacy and a personal connection than if it had been written in the third person. In the 17 year old Stevens, readers are allowed to view World War I through the perspective of someone who is similar to their age. Moreover, Eldridge doe a fine job of relating “the dream and reality of war”. He accurately expresses the enthusiasm and disillusionment of the youth of this era through Billy Stevens, as Steven progresses from the excitement of wanting to “kill the Hun”, to the horror and monotony that World War I truly was. In it, Eldridge teaches his readers that disillusionment of one’s dreams is not something that today’s youth will only experience. Rather, all youth in all times and places have had to deal with the disappointment and disillusionment that comes when their dreams do not match reality.
Date published: 2008-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great war book! I loved this book because it gave a really detailed and lifelike idea of what it would be like to fight in the war. It also told how the normal soldiers were treated differently then the rich soldiers. I would definetly recomend this book to anyone who enjoys war books.
Date published: 2007-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Excellent historical fiction. The Trenches by Jim Eldridge is a book about a soldier’s experience during WWI. This is excellent historical fiction. This novel is about Billy Stevens and his friend Rob. The two friends really wanted to enlist in the British Army once war breaks out. Their mothers do not support their decision but eventually the two friends enlist anyway. The book then takes us through life in the trenches and its emotional impact. This book is full of suspense, emotion and vivid description. I enjoyed how quickly the book hooked me. Though it is historical fiction the author obviously researched his facts. I found it very suspenseful; the unexpected could happen at any time.
Date published: 2006-12-13

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My Story: The Trenches: Billy Stevens, The Western Front 1914-1918

by Jim Eldridge

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 6.96 × 5.06 × 0.42 in

Published: September 1, 2006

Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0439938821

ISBN - 13: 9780439938822

From the Publisher

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 away...

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.

About the Author

Jim Eldridge began his career as a teacher, becoming a full-time writer in 1987. He has written more than 30 books, including Armada, Desert Danger, Flying Ace and Spy Smuggler in the My Story series.

Appropriate for ages: 9