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War Children by Gerard Whelan – Ages 10+


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By Gerard Whelan
Six stories, one set in Dublin the others in the countryside, about children who get caught up in the War of Independence and suffer dire consequences.
Paperback: 192 pages
Size: 196×130 mm
ISBN: 9780862787769
Cost: €8.45
AWARDS: Bisto Book of the Year Award + Reading Association of Ireland Award
Six stories — one set in Dublin, the others in the countryside — about children who get caught up in the War of Independence and suffer dire consequences.
1. The King of Irishtown: Mattie Foley dreams of escaping the harshness of life in the Dublin slums, but her dreams and reality become dangerously entwined with the discovery of a gun.
2. Mulligan’s Drop: When Statia Mulligan sets off to get feed for the hens, she longs for the peace and quiet of her favourite spot by the stream; she doesn’t expect to become part of an ambush.
3. The Poor Cow: Larry Quinn goes after the cow that has strayed — how could he know that in his absence the Black and Tans would force his mother to reveal all she knows?
4. The Empty Steps
5. Dead man’s Music
6. Services Rendered
‘Six emotionally charged stories, rural and urban, featuring feisty, likeable youngsters’ (Sunday Independent)
‘Roller-coasters of emotion … A riveting read’ (INIS)
‘Gripping read … his characters bring recent history to life’ (Evening Echo)
‘These stories … are moving, thrilling and yet sometimes funny accounts of events just a couple of generations removed from where we are now.’ Mary Arrigan (Sunday Tribune)

SPECIAL OFFER:   Three Freebies included with your order:

 FREE – set of Teaching Activities accompany each order of 10+ Books 

FREE 64 page copy of ‘EXPLORING The NOVEL in Primary School’ containing 78 activities. Cost per book is just €8.45 / 176 pages. 

FREE CD ROM of interactive links to excellent online 1916 materials that will support your pupils reading of the novel and enliven & illustrate the historical context.

Oder a class set today, and begin a shared journey into the events of ‘The War of Independence’.

TO ORDER: send an email with your name, school name & address, state quantity and we will despatch next day with an invoice – to [email protected]

Kind regards,

Alish @ Rainbow Education Wexford 053 92 55860



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