Truce by Jim Murphy
The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting

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Two-time Newbery Honor Book author Jim Murphy writes a stunning nonfiction masterpiece about a Christmas miracle on the Western Front during World War I.


On July 29th 1914, the world’s peace was shattered as the artillery of the Austria-Hungary Empire began shelling the troops of the country to its south. What followed was like a row of falling dominoes as one European country after another rushed into war. Soon most of Europe was fighting in this calamitous war that could have been avoided. This was, of course, the First World War.
But who could have guessed that on December 25 the troops would openly defy their commanding officers by stopping the fighting and having a spontaneous celebration of Christmas with their "enemies"? (cont'd)
 

About Jim Murphy

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Jim Murphy is the celebrated author of more than thirty-five books for young readers, most notably TRUCE: THE DAY THE SOLDIERS STOPPED FIGHTING and THE GREAT FIRE, a Newbery Honor Winner. His carefully researched, engaging, and elegantly written nonfiction has garnered the most prestigious awards in the field. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.
 
Published January 1, 2009 by Scholastic Inc.. 116 pages
Genres: History, War, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Murphy takes his epigraph from Winston Churchill, who wondered in a November 1914 letter to his wife, “What would happen…if the armies suddenly and simultaneously went on strike and said some other method must be found of settling the dispute?” The “dispute,” of course, was the Great War, the War...

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Murphy's (A Savage Road to Thunder ) account of the causes and first months of WWI offers a poignant and sometimes graphic introduction to the “war to end all wars.” While a few of the sepia-toned photos and artwork portray haunting imagery (including one of dead bodies in a trench), the six-chap...

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USA Today

One of the most fascinating slices of World War I history is that of the unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914.

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Youth Services Book Review

← Are these my basoomas I see before me?

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The Trades

Despite what the History Channel would indicate, there are many moments in history that have nothing to do with World War II.

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