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Copies are $17 each, including postage and handling within Australia.
A Child's War  closes the gap between Anzac Day and today.
Soundtrack created by Aaron Pocock.
Trailer created by Aaron Pocock and Ian Judd, Aqua PD.

Troy would rather kill soldiers in his computer game than write an essay for the Anzac Day competition. But when Mum comes home from Nanna Elsie's with old photos and a journal from Gallipoli, he is transported to the horrors of a real battlefield.


Whose journal is it and what is in it that makes Troy have a change of heart about writing the essay?




Woven throughout the story are journal entries written by Troy’s ancestor, Arthur, who was just a child when he ran off to war. Arthur’s words take the reader into the harsh reality of trench warfare at Gallipoli and contrast with Troy’s comfortable and indulged life in the current day.

The stunning cover design was created by my amazingly talented friend, Aaron Pocock,  Aaron has also created the interior illustrations and the images for the diary entries.

With thanks to:

Frederick Pratt, 

State Branch Librarian


Anzac House

Melbourne Vic 3000

Eric Carpenter
Australian War Memorial

Canberra ACT 2601 


for their assistance with research.

Praise for A Child's War



I really enjoyed it

Tristan Rowan-Marshall on Jun 27, 2019

One of my favourite books I've ever read great description and thoroughly enjoyable . Tristan , age 12


A Story that Hits Home

Andrew on Apr 04, 2019

"A Child's War" balances insights into the daily life of soldiers at Gallipoli with a keen sense of the interests of contemporary young readers.
The front cover artwork by Aaron Pocock is truly captivating. His illustrations and handwritten soldier's diary entries enhance Ali Holborn's story to make it a highly engaging read for 9-13 year olds.


I loved ‘A Child’s War’

Anna on Apr 01, 2019

I loved this book. It told the story of our war heroes in such a captivating and imaginative way. I know children will enjoy reading it as much as I did.