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They’ve gone now, and I’m alone at last. I have the whole night ahead of me, and I won’t waste a single moment of it…I want tonight to be long, as long as my life…” For young Private Peaceful, looking back over his childhood while he is on night watch in the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside: his mother, Charlie, Big Joe, and Molly—the love of his life. Too young to be enlisted, Thomas has followed his brother to war and now, every moment he spends thinking about his life, means another moment closer to danger.
When Michael’s parents lose their jobs, they buy a boat and decide to sail around the world with their son and their beloved dog. It’s an ideal trip—until Michael is swept overboard. He’s washed up on an island, where he struggles to survive. Then he discovers that he’s not alone. His fellow-castaway, Kensuke, keeps his distance at first. But when Michael’s life is threatened, he slowly lets the boy into his world. The two teach and learn from each other until, inevitably, they must part ways.
The powerful tale of 14-year-old Laura Perryman is told through entries from her diary that she passes on to her great-nephew Michael. He is astonished to discover the remarkable details of her life in the 1900s on the stormy coast of Britain’s Scilly Isles, where her family lives on the bounty, and at the mercy, of the ocean.
A twelve-year-old boy comes across Arthur Pendragon, who has just awakened from his long sleep beneath the earth, and hears from him some of the exciting stories of his past.
In 1914 Joey a beautiful red-bay foal with a distinctive cross on his nose is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer he charges toward the enemy witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. Yet his heart still aches for Albert the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?