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Shooting at the Stars
The Christmas Truce of 1914
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: October 7, 2014
  • Price: $18.95
  • Trim Size: 11 x 9 34
  • ISBN: 1-4197-1175-X
  • EAN: 9781419711756
  • Page Count: 40
  • Illustrations: Full-color illustrations, 1 archival photograph
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: World/All
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Shooting at the Stars is the moving story of a young British soldier on the front lines during World War I who experiences an unforgettable Christmas Eve. In a letter home to his mother, he describes how, despite fierce fighting earlier from both sides, Allied and German soldiers ceased firing and came together on the battlefield to celebrate the holiday. They sang carols, exchanged gifts, and even lit Christmas trees. But as the holiday came to a close, they returned to their separate trenches to await orders for the war to begin again.

John Hendrix wonderfully brings this story to life, interweaving fact and fiction along with his detailed illustrations and hand-lettered text. His story celebrates the humanity and kindness that can persist even during the darkest periods of our history. Back matter includes a glossary, additional information about World War I and the Christmas Truce and its aftermath, and an archival photograph taken during the Truce.

Also available by John Hendrix: Miracle Man

Praise for Shooting at the Stars
STARRED REVIEWS
"Few titles at this level convey the futility of World War I as well as this one does. A first choice."
--School Library Journal, starred review

"Timed with the centenary of World War I but a lesson for always, Hendrix's tale pulls young readers close and shows the human side of war."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Praise

STARRED REVIEW
"Hendrix crafts an intimate fictional account of the event...powerful images."
Publishers Weekly
"While not shying away from war’s grim realities, the pictures go a long way toward conveying the hopeful light of the German Christmas trees twinkling in the night while the strains of “Stille Nacht” waft across No Man’s Land toward our homesick hero."
— Roger Sutton, The Horn Book Magazine
STARRED REVIEW
"The acrylic and gouache illustrations tell a tale of their own. Not only is this an impressive Christmas story, but it shows the humanity of warring soldiers."
— Jo Drudge, Educational Reviewer, Rome City, Indiana, Library Media Connection
STARRED REVIEW
"Timed with the centenary of World War I but a lesson for always, Hendrix's tale pulls young readers close and shows the human side of war."
Kirkus Reviews
"Soldier Charlie is affectionately depicted as a freckle-faced youngster among war-worn older men, and his status as a newcomer to battle lends credibility to the combination of playfulness and awe with which he regards the truce."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the author

John Hendrix’s books include John Brown: His Fight for Freedom, a Publishers Weekly Best Book and New York Public Library Top 100 Book, and Nurse, Soldier, Spy, by Marissa Moss, which received a Eureka! Children’s Book Award and Booklist Editor’s Choice Award. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.