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War is Over

By: David Almond

Illustrator: David Litchfield

I am just a child. How can I be at war?

It's 1918, and war is everywhere. John's father is fighting in the trenches far away in France, while his mother works in a menacing munitions factory just along the road. His teacher says that John is fighting, too, that he is at war with enemy children in Germany. One day, in the wild woods outside town, John has an impossible moment: a dreamlike meeting with a German boy named Jan. John catches a glimpse of a better world, in which children like Jan and himself can one day scatter the seeds of peace.

David Almond brings his ineffable sensibility to a poignant tale of the effects of war on children, interwoven with David Litchfield's gorgeous black-and-white illustrations.

Black-and-white illustrations done in pen, ink, and watercolor.

ISBN: 9781536209860

JLG Release: Aug 2020

Sensitive Areas: Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Violence: Mild Violence , Language: Mild Language
Topics: World War I (1914–1918) , Munition factories , Schools , Field trips , Pacifism , Family , England

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Intermediate Readers

Grades 3-5

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Book Details



First Release

August 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

7 2/3" x 5 1/4"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 4.1; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts





Print Book


Hardcover edition



Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Violence: Mild Violence , Language: Mild Language


World War I (1914–1918), Munition factories, Schools, Field trips, Pacifism, Family, England,

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Book Genres

Historical Fiction

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