The only ant with his own name, Douglas is born into the wonderful Antworld and dreams of one day joining the line to hunt out food. But his superiors have other plans for him: Douglas is to be a soldier. They tell him his job is all about parading, waving flags and wearing a uniform, but Douglas is about to discover that there is no glory in war. A humbling perspective on the First World War from master-storyteller Tony Ross.
'Uncompromisingly powerful' GUARDIAN
'Layered and shocking; to be read with the knowledge that a conversation on war will surely follow' KIRKUS
‘the perfect way to address the idea of war with children’ ASSOCIATION OF ILLUSTRATORS
Tony Ross has been illustrating books for over 40 years, and has been published all over the world. He is perhaps best known for his much-loved Little Princess series, which has been adapted for TV and is currently showing on Channel 5s Milkshake, and for his collaboration on David Walliams’ best-selling children’s books. Tony’s books have been shortlisted for the The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (Slug Needs a Hug) and the Kate Greenaway (Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Tiggers), and Tadpole’s Promise won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize. He has been named as the best-selling illustrator in the UK for three years in a row, and he is the UK’s libraries' most-borrowed illustrator. He lives in Rutland.
A gripping young adult novel.
This is a gripping novel… children who love history’s grisly bits will enjoy
We Love This Book
I was gripped by this book… Highly recommended
Historical Novel Society
An incredible story of survival and courage
Nicholls showcases the exceptionally brutal nature of the Black Death throughout… the insurmountable stress creating rifts between family members and believable domestic conflict… a greatly immersive read that would be perfect for a history class.