1918 – Broken Poppies (Kiwis at War)

Four Christmases have passed since the world went to war in 1914. Struggling to survive in the trenches, close to enemy lines, amid the terror of gunfire and the whine of warplanes, Kiwi soldier Henry Hunt rescues a shaken little dog.

He has no idea he’ll soon be facing a disciplinary hearing. To Henry’s relief, the Major allows the little foxie to live … this time. Henry finds the dog is not only a comfort to his fellow soldiers on the battlefields of Passchendaele, but a great ratter, too.

Together, can they survive the Great War?

Written by Des Hunt


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The final title in the popular Kiwis at War series is written by Des Hunt, one of NZ’s most experienced children’s novelists, who has based his book on the experiences of two of his own uncles who fought in WWI. Eagle-eyed readers will pick up that there is at least one character in each book that links to the previous book in the series.

Recommended for readers aged 12 and up.


Booksellers NZ ~ “It truly brings the war to life, painting a vivid mental picture in the mind of the reader, without getting bogged down on descriptive prose. Brutally sad and undeniably engrossing, the easy language and fast moving plot should immerse anyone with any interest in military history, and should especially appeal to fans of Michael Morpurgo. Highly recommended.”
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Des HuntFind out more about much-loved New Zealand author Des Hunt on his author page.

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Dimensions19.8 × 12.8 cm
First published



Paperback edition



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Published by

Scholastic NZ

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