Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by John Hendrix is a nominee for the 2016-17 South Carolina Children’s Book Award.

Shooting at the Stars is a fictionalized account of one of the most inspiring stories of World War I. On Christmas Day in 1914, British and German troops put aside their weapons and celebrated the Christmas holiday. For one day, there was peace, joy, kindness, and laughter. Though war divided them, a shared belief brought them together for one too-brief day.

As the holiday drew to a close, each side retreated to their respective trenches to await the orders that would once again pit them against each other. For that evening, however, they were simply young men celebrating a holiday and lamenting a war that was taking so much from so many.

Shooting at the Stars is a necessary addition to any elementary and middle grade studies of World War I. It highlights the human element of war. All too often, studies of war focus on alliances, battles, politics, etc. This story and others like it remind readers that war is fought by men and women on the ground: young people who were in school not too long ago, parents, teachers, friends, and others who would no doubt rather be anywhere else but on the front lines.

If you’d like to promote this book in your classroom or library, feel free to use the book trailer below.

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