Shooting at the Stars – the Christmas Truce of 1914

Hendrix, John.  Shooting at the Stars - the Christmas Truce of 1914. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014. This is a true story, told in the voice of a homesick, young English soldier. It is the winter of 1914 when German and British troops lay in cold, muddy, misery just yards from each other on Christmas eve. The shooting had stopped for a while along this military line in France, and the soldiers could hear each other singing carols. Slowly, bravely, they crossed into the no-man's land between their lines - and found out the enemy were equally young, homesick chaps - wanting to go home. They sang, played soccer, shared food. And the next day - the officers came and ordered them back into the war. "Tomorrow I suppose we will all fight for our countries. And when the major returns, we will have to follow his orders. But I suspect our side will spend the rest of the night aiming high above their trench - shooting at the stars.  Honor book for younger children, 2015.


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