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From the age of eight: Alfred the Great

From the age of eight: Alfred the Great Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-906132-35-4
UK ÂŁ7.99
Format: 198mm x 129mm

BISAC Code: JUV002050, JUV016020


It’s not easy being Anglo-Saxon royalty. As well as fighting off rampaging axe-happy Vikings, you’re going to have your noble hands full fighting off rival members of your own family! No one could have imagined that Alfred, the youngest surviving son of King Aethelwulf would grow into England’s wisest and most inspirational ruler. This gripping diary, written from the perspective of the young Alfred (with the help of his scribe Godric), will take readers through the major events in his action-packed childhood. Find out how Alfred became the last noble standing in this ripping royal read.

About Paul Nolan's other books say:
'This is an unputdownable adventure story woven around the evacuation at Dunkirk and then the D-Day landings but from a different angle in that the boy in the story is a conscientious objector but can the help he brings to Dunkirk lay his demons to rest? Packed with historical facts but written as fiction this is a great aid to pupils studying WW2 but also a thrilling read and a crucial reminder to children today of what their ancestors did in preventing what would have resulted in an entirely different country had the UK been invaded by the Nazis.'
Love Reading For Kids

The most heart-breaking part is when he has to leave behind a three legged dog called Hopper. The bit I liked the best was when they freed the man from underneath the plane. I would recommend this book to people who like war stories. Angel, Year 6 (11 years old)

Demons of Dunkirk is an emotional perspective of the evacuation of Dunkirk during WW2. This book is about a boy named Charlie who is only 14 years old, yet goes to war. Charlie has a traumatic time because everyone he meets at war dies or disappears from his life in some way. I would highly recommend this book to people who love tear-jerking stories, or tales of war. Paul Nolan has written an amazing demonstration of what it was like to be a soldier in WW2 and what it would be like to be in the soldier's shoes.
Georgia - Year 6 (11 years old)

'Nolan's clearly expressed, yet evocative writing creates a fast paced, exhilarating story for the reader, and to the very last page, presents a sincere tale of hardship and heroism.'

About the author
English teacher Paul Nolan left the
classroom behind to write historical fiction. He lives near Winchester with his two sons. Paul says:
"Whilst researching a history lesson on the Dunkirk evacuations, I stumbled upon the amazing story of Charles Lightoller, the most senior surviving crewmember of the Titanic. Many had labeled him as a coward, and over the years that followed he was racked by guilt. This story of redemption really resonated with the children I was teaching. It inspired the idea of a WW 1 Conscientious Objector, restoring his reputation by assisting in the Dunkirk evacuation. I wanted the story to be told through the eyes of a child and that's where Charlie Jones (the central character in Demons of Dunkirk) comes in.'