A Rose for the Anzac Boys
Midge Macpherson, a 16-year-old Kiwi languishing in an English boarding school while her brother fights in WWI, wants to be able to do more than roll bandages and wait impatiently for sporadic and censored letters from the front. Together with her friends Ethel and Anne, Midge opens a canteen for troops in France, far enough from the fighting that they should be safe. But Midge learns that nothing is safe - not even her heart.
French is extremely prolific and I've always enjoyed her work aimed at younger readers. It's also a massive relief to find some decent Australiana among the bookshelves, especially in works for those in their formative years. A Rose for the Anzac Boys is no different from her usual excellence - teenaged girls taking charge in a situation where men dominate, what could be more inspiring? Although the time skips between chapters can be frustrating, this helps the story breeze by and the horrors of war are presented very well for non-adult readers. The dash of romance is inevitable but it adds a sweetener in a story of such sadness.
I found this while trawling a local bookstore in Sydney. Given that Jackie French is Australian, you're going to have more luck here than elsewhere. :)
Alyce Caswell is an aspiring writer who apparently lost her mind, threw away a steady job as an office junior and entered the realm of imagination.
She has blamed her accomplice and husband for giving her this most excellent opportunity.
Alyce has written articles, poems, short stories, books
and several embarrassing blogs. She hopes this venture will avoid the usage of cat gifs.
Links of Interest
A Rambling Rover
Alyce's travel blog which features various castles, stone circles and bemused musings about the Northern Hemisphere.