The Readers Nook

Anzac Day

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 22, 2008

Anzac Day is one of the most important days in the Australian calendar as the country pauses to remember those that have served, fallen and those that were left behind.

Don’t forget to have a look at our ‘Australia at war in the Pacific’ display (see the picture in my last entry). It will be up in the Library until Thursday 24th of April.

The library also has plenty of books about Anzac Day. You can read up on Anzac Day in the non-fiction section at 940.40994 or one of the many fiction books, including ‘A Rose for the ANZAC Boys‘ by Jackie French.

A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French: (FRE)
It is 1915. War is being fought on a horrific scale in the trenches of France, but it might as well be a world away from sixteen-year-old Midge Macpherson, at school in England learning to be a young lady. But the war is coming closer: Midge’s brothers are in the army, and her twin, Tim, is listed as ‘missing’ in the devastating defeat of the Anzac forces at Gallipoli.
Desperate to do their bit – and avoid the boredom of school and the restriction of Society – Midge and her friends Ethel and Anne start a canteen in France, caring for the endless flow of wounded soldiers returning from the front. Midge, recruited by the over-stretched ambulance service, is thrust into carnage and scenes of courage she could never have imagined. And when the war is over, all three girls – and their Anzac boys as well – discover that even going ‘home’ can be both strange and wonderful.

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