Released on 30 January 2014.

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What Are We Fighting For? (Macmillan Poetry)

New Poems About War

and Roger Stevens

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What Are We Fighting For? explores the concept of war in a brilliantly accessible way for younger readers. Fascinating and moving in equal measure, there are poems about incredibly brave dogs, cats and pigeons; the Christmas truce of WWI when soldiers played football in No Man's Land; poems about rationing and what it was like to be an evacuee, poems about modern warfare and the reality of war today; plus lots of amazing true historical facts.

This cross-curricular poetry book is a brilliant way to get young readers thinking about both the historical and philosophical aspects of war.

In the media

This contemporary collection provides a lyrical insight into the poetry of war, most evident in some of Brian Moses' poems about the First World War with their Larkin-esque evocation of lost youth and misplaced optimism.
The Guardian
These two poets are well known not only for their poetry books for Children but also for the workshops they run in schools, libraries and at festivals. So they are extremely well qualified to create these poems about war for young readership.
The School Librarian
The range of everyday voices that inhabit poems makes the poetry accessible which enables the young reader to grasp something of the nature of these terrible events for themselves.