Kid Soldier

Kid Soldier

Book - 2013
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2015 Rocky Mountain Book Award -- Shortlisted

A boy is thrown into the middle of history's biggest war.

Fatherless and penniless, fifteen-year-old Richard Fuller wants a bike, so Mr. Black, the baker hires him to help with deliveries. Mr. Black entertains him with army stories and teaches him Morse code. He invites Richard to attend the opening ceremonies of the local 1939 military camp. Infatuated with army life, Richard takes part in Army training camp under an assumed name. When war looms, he makes the most impulsive decision in his life and enlists.

He travels to England, witnesses the terror of the Battle of Britain, the horrible death of a German pilot, is caught in the London Blitzkrieg, and is wounded himself. When his true age is discovered, Richard faces a possible court-martial.

Will Richard's desire for adventure lead to disaster so early in his life?
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781459706774
Branch Call Number: YA MAR
Characteristics: 198 p. ; 21 cm.


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Cdnbookworm Feb 20, 2014

This short novel follows 15-year-old Richard Fuller from Niagara Fall, Ontario. Richard is a hard worker, willing to work at whatever job comes his way, whether it be picking fruit, helping deliver bread, or figuring out how to fix a broken tractor. When a neighbour offers him the chance to participate in a military training exercise, he jumps at it and finds that he has an aptitude for signal work.
As World War II begins, Richard finds himself drawn to the war and manages to sign up even though he is underage. This book follows him to training camp, across the ocean to Britain, and through training in England as he prepares to do his duty.
From the detail of the signalling work, to the bombings of England by the Germans, this book immerses you in Richard's life as a soldier.
Richard is a very likeable young man, kind to those younger than him, happy with simple pleasures, interested in his newfound English family, and dedicated to his work. A look at the war from a interesting angle.

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