Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier

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July 01, 2014
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A graphic adaptation of a 100-year-old diary brings World War I history to life One winter morning, Barroux was walking down a street in Paris when he made an extraordinary find: the real diary of a soldier in World War I. Barroux rescued the diary from the trash and illustrated the soldier's words. In this striking black and white graphic novel adaptation of a 100-year-old diary, the events of the first two months of World War I are given fresh meaning and relevance to modern audiences. This is living history that has the power to engage new generations through one man's story that is silhouetted against the historical events that formed and transformed the world we live in today.

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What a fabulous find! There are lots of World War II books out there for Middle School students, but it is refreshing to see nonfiction (and a graphic novel) giving a first hand account of the The Great War , World War I. The diary covers the first two months of the conflict from France’s declaration of war to September 1914.

What I liked best: Barroux's innocent and childlike pictures capture the outlook of many soldiers as they sign up for military service. He describes his marches, night watches, and how he sees the victims of this horrible war.

An amazing book with amazing illustrations. Great to spark interest into reading more about WWI and history.
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