Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim MurphyTruce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy

Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting

byJim Murphy

Hardcover | October 1, 2009

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On July 29, 1914, the world's peace was shattered as the artillery of the Austro-Hungarian Empire began shelling the troops of the country to its south. What followed was like a row of falling dominoes as one European country after another rushed to war. Soon most of Europe was fighting in this calamitous war that could have been avoided.

This was, of course, World War I. But who could have guessed that on December 25 the troops would openly defy their commanding officers by stopping the fighting and having a spontaneous celebration of Christmas with their "enemies"?

In what can only be described as a miracle, this beautiful and heartrending narrative will remind everyone how brotherhood and love for one another reach far beyond the boundaries of war and politics.

Jim Murphy is celebrated for his engaging and carefully researched nonfiction for young readers. His more than thirty-five books include two Newbery Honor books, The Great Fire and An American Plague (which also won the Sibert Award); Blizzard!, which was named a Sibert Honor Book; and Desperate Journey, a riveting historical novel set...
Title:Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped FightingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 10.3 × 8.37 × 0.56 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545130492

ISBN - 13:9780545130493

Appropriate for ages: 9


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Done This book tells of an amazing event in the history of warfare. However it also does much more than just that. It gives a clear and concise history of what lead up to World War I, and the different governments' plans to achieve a quick victory, none of which worked. What ended up happening was a long brutal war, with new technology of mass destruction and no new tactics. Hundreds of thousands died uselessly, because of these outdated tactics combined with new weapons, and a belief that each side thought they were superior and in the right. What ended up happening was a giant standoff - trench warfare that had trenches that ran from the North Sea Coast all the way to the Swiss border, with the trenches being from 50 to 1000 yards apart. The Germans were on one side of the trench and the French, English and Belgians were on the other. Originally both sides thought the war would be over by Christmas, each side shelling, bombing and launching raids on the other. Massive losses on both sides contributed to doubt among those on the front lines. Then on Christmas Eve of 1914, a miracle happened. Almost all the way along the lines a spontaneous peace erupted; for more than 24 hours no fighting took place, the soldiers met in the middle of no-man's land between the trenches and exchanged gifts and songs and Christmas greetings and wishes. This book masterfully tells this story of politicians and military leaders who wanted to continue fighting and soldiers who did not obey orders and had a Christmas miracle. The book is full of historical photographs, illustrations and quotes from those in the events. The special features at the end of the book will be great for educators, students, or students of history alike. It has a great timeline, extensive notes and sources, and a section with more references for World War I resources, from books, movies and on the web.
Date published: 2009-11-02

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Jim Murphy:

A Newbery Honor Book for The Great Fire

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book for Blizzard!

*"Spectacular!" -Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Truce

*"An example of stellar nonfiction." -Booklist, starred review of Blizzard!

*"A veritable cinematic account." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review of The Great Fire