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Five Children on the Western Front

(2012)
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Awards
Carnegie Medal Best Book (nominee)
Costa Children's Book Award Best Novel
In this incredible, heart-wrenching story reminiscent of E. Nesbit's Five Children and It, Kate Saunders illustrates the power of war but the even greater power of family, and the love that carries us out of the darkness of despair into the light of hope.

The sand fairy, also known as the Psammead, is merely a creature from stories Lamb and Edith have heard their older brothers and sisters tell . . . until he suddenly reappears. Lamb and Edith are pleased to have something to take their minds off the war, but this time the Psammead's magic might have a serious purpose.

Before their adventure ends, all will be changed, and the Lamb and Edith will have seen the Great War from every possible viewpoint - that of factory workers, soldiers and sailors, and nurses. But most of all, the war's impact will be felt by those left behind, at the very heart of their family.

Praise for Five Children on the Western Front

Winner of the Costas Award for Children's Fiction

"An irresistible read." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Skillful and deeply moving." - The Guardian

"A rewarding experience." - Booklist

"Saunders strikes a surprisingly successful balance between the mischievous magic of the sand fairy and the harsh realities of wartime England." - The Bulletin

"A dramatic, heartrending look at World War I's far-reaching consequences for families and individuals." - SLJ

"An emotionally resonant, engaging story of personal growth (the siblings') and moral education (the Psammead's). With issues of social and gender inequality and a compassionate take on the ruins of war, it's historically convincing, thought-provoking, and sensitive." - The Horn Book Magazine

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August 2017 : USA Library Binding

Title: Five Children on the Western Front
Author(s): Kate Saunders
ISBN: 0-606-40236-5 / 978-0-606-40236-1 (USA edition)
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August 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Five Children on the Western Front
Author(s): Kate Saunders
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2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Five Children on the Western Front
Author(s): Kate Saunders
ISBN: 0-571-31095-8 / 978-0-571-31095-1 (UK edition)
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July 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Five Children on the Western Front
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ISBN: 0-553-49796-0 / 978-0-553-49796-0 (USA edition)
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Title: Five Children on the Western Front
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2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Five Children on the Western Front
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ISBN: 0-571-32318-9 / 978-0-571-32318-0 (UK edition)
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June 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Five Children on the Western Front
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June 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Five Children on the Western Front
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June 2015 : UK Audio edition
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June 2015 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Five Children on the Western Front (Unabridged Audiobook)
Author(s): Kate Saunders
ISBN: 1-4712-9955-4 / 978-1-4712-9955-1 (UK edition)
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August 2016 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Five Children on the Western Front
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September 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Five Children on the Western Front
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