A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French

A Rose for the ANZAC Boys

The 'War to end all Wars', as seen through the eyes of three young womenIt is 1915. War is being fought on a horrific scale in the trenches of France, but it might as well be a world away from sixteen–year–old New Zealander Midge Macpherson, at school in England learning to be a young lady. But the war is coming closer: Midge's brothers are in the army, and her twin, Tim, is listed as 'missing' in the devastating defeat of the ANZAC forces at...

Details A Rose for the ANZAC Boys

TitleA Rose for the ANZAC Boys
Release DateApr 1st, 2008
PublisherHarperCollins - AU
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, War

Reviews A Rose for the ANZAC Boys

  • MaryG2E
    5+ ★sNowadays I find that historical fiction is my favourite genre. If a book is well written and well researched, I not only have the pleasure of an entertaining read, but also I learn new things about different aspects of history. A Rose for the ANZAC Boys certainly delivered on both counts.Reading this book led to a paradigm shift in my understanding of Australian and New Zealander participation in World War 1. All my life I have believed th...
  • Clare Cannon
    This is one of the most moving historical novels I've found. Three girls are attending boarding school when World War I begins. Their brothers are sent to the front, and the three look for ways to contribute to the war effort themselves.They set up a station canteen in France to serve food to the soldiers who pass through. As the fighting escalates, their station becomes a transport point for the wounded, and in increasingly dire conditions the g...
  • Michelle
    Having been educated at an all girls school, I have always been told that ‘girls can do anything’. This book proves that saying right – and in doing so recognises the efforts and achievements of millions of women in World War One. Midge (pronounced ‘Migee’) is a wonderful heroine and I’m sure French has captured the spirit of the women who fought just as hard as the soldiers doing battle. However, she has also captured the spirit of t...
  • Emi B
    A Rose for the Anzac Boys:Is about the forgotten army of WWI. The army of women who volunteered their time, supplies, skills and lives to help all the troops that went to war. This story is told through the eyes of a courageous girl called Midge Macpherson who gets sent to a school in England to become a lady, after her two brothers Tim and Dougie have headed off to war. Midge befriends two girls Ethyl and Anne at her school in England and the th...
  • Anthony Eaton
    This is a beautiful, if often confronting novel.Plenty has been written about the Australian and New Zealand experience during World War One, both in the realms of fiction and non fiction. Few authors, though, have explored the often untold story of those behind the fronts, those women and volunteers who weren't 'official', but who lived, died, suffered and endured almost as much as the men in the trenches.That French, one of Australia's most lov...
  • Saturday's Child
    "Like" is not the word I would choose to use for the subject of war, but this novel is one that helps to introduce young readers to the subject of World War I. It also highlights the contributions that women of all ages and backgrounds made to the war. I am pleased to know that it is on many High School's readings lists.
  • David 'n'
    A sweet book, war should never be repeated
  • Loren Johnson
    History is one of my favourite things to spend time on in the whole world. I think it's important to take a little time to appreciate the past and all the battles - both physical and theoretical - that were fought in order for us to have the liberties we take for granted today. I love reading world war fiction - but that being said, I only enjoy it when it's well written, as this book was. Jackie French really spares no detail in her writing, usi...
  • Victoria Kennedy
    Originally published on My Books Are Me A thoroughly moving story about love, loss and friendship during such a tragic and horrendous time in world history.In June 1915, Midge Macpherson receives a letter from her twin Tim, who is serving at Gallipoli, but soon learns that he is missing presumed dead. Sure it's all been a mistake and wanting to help the war-effort more, Midge and her friends Anne and Ethel decide to head to France to set up a ca...
  • Anna
    I liked this book; I think this is an important book. I always feel like I don’t know enough about history and about the great wars, and it was so interesting to get into the headspace of the 1910s, and into the lives of the women who worked themselves to the bone for their ‘boys’. It was also fascinating to learn of how during the war women had to take charge and gained independence, and like a domino knocked over, the push for women’s r...
  • Helen O'Toole
    Jackie French is a wonderful young people's writer because she chooses aspects of history that are often overlooked. In this instance, it is the varied roles of women in the First World War. Midge Macpherson is a noble young sixteen year old when we first meet her. She is at a finishing school in England; sent over from distant New Zealand, now an orphan with two brothers enlisted in the Australian and New Zealand armies. Her twin brother Tim has...
  • Joyce Sandilands
    This book was sweet, but expectantly sad, giving a very realistic picture of what it could have been like for three young girls (from England and New Zealand) who decided to go the edge of the war zone in France during World War One ... to help. This was the attitude of so many of the soldiers and volunteers, and the reason so many of them volunteered for this unknown adventure. It was about the soldiers they met in the course of their duties at ...
  • Nushiiii loves Peeta Mellark ♥1D♥
    OMG THIS BOOK IS SO SAD! like i dont think i even encountered ONE happy bit! srsly it was super depressing. Also, I didnt get t enjoy the book properly (the end bit anyway) because we were reading it for school and had to answer four REALLY INDEPTH questions about EVERY CHAPTER which took about 2 weeks to do (like every single day). But anyway, half way through doing the activity I was so into the book I just stopped and read the whole thing, bec...
  • Carissa
    I really enjoyed being able to read a historical fiction novel about World War I. I haven't read too many books during this era. I felt like I learned a lot, especially about women during this time period. The book did a great job at displaying how horrible war can be.That being said, I was disappointed with the writing in this book. The author used letters frequently in her narration which felt more like her place to include facts about World Wa...
  • Sam
    I read this book for my book club and it was such a touching read. I never really knew much about World War 1 and it has opened my eyes to how bad it was back then. It wasn't an overly gruesome tale of the war but a story based on truth from a teenage girls point of view. The story and characters were written so well and I really liked the extra stuff at the end of the book from the author explaining specific details in the book. This Anzac day I...
  • Nell
    For Yr9 ESL. I'm really glad they put this on the syllabus because there is nothing less awkward than explaining to one's ESL class that the phrase 'He's a white man' is another way of saying 'He's a great guy'. At least I got to bake the kids some Anzac biscuits. I think the real take-home message here is that golden syrup is delicious.
  • Meg McConnell
    Sad at some times but a good read if you are interested in World War 1 as seen from the ANZAC and English side of the War.
  • Kirsten
    It isn't often that I finish a book and am speechless, but this book did it. A Rose for the ANZAC Boys is one of those books that make you realise how little you know. The majority of the book is set in France during WWI. All I knew about WWI is that we (the Netherlands) declared neutral and were not bothered with the war that was mostly played out in trenches. This book gives you a whole new insight. About the women that tried to play their part...
  • Bethany Tucker
    I actually remember winning this book in school. When I first got it, I remember think this type of book wasn't me. But then when I started to read it, i fell in love with it! It's such a sweet story. Iv learnt a lot more about what nurses went through during the war.
  • Milly
    I thought this book was very good it was a great read I thought it was written very well.😊😊
  • Sally
    This was a great book. Well researched but an absolutely beautiful story. Written as a story with letters in between to get different view points across. Really enjoyed it.
  • Tianne Shaw
    Yet again you are transported to reality of WW1 with Midge her family and friends. This book is just as descriptive as being there and highly recommended to read no matter what age you are.
  • Chris Wolak
    This is one of those books that probably wouldn't have crossed my path had I not participated in a reading challenge. Two challenges, actually: the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012 and the World War I reading challenge hosted by War Through the Generations. I needed--and of course wanted---to read one more book for each category so looked around for a WWI themed book written by an Australian women writer. What what an unexpectedly brillian...
  • Rose
    Jackie French is definitely my go-to author for stories set in war. A Rose for the ANZAC Boys focuses on three girls who aim to help the soldiers in war. I absolutely loved this book for many reasons. The storyline never becomes boring, and the descriptions and imagery are exceptional. After reading this book, it was almost as though I felt what it would be like to be in those three girl's situation. There is only a small amount of romance, enoug...
  • Hannah Joy S.
    I looooooooooooved this book.......what else can I say? ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
  • Briana
    5/5Fantastic story! I will now go and buy this myself because I am going to reread this book over and over again! A beautiful story and just warms my heart!
  • Maeve (Otherwordlybooks)
    A Rose for the ANZAC Boys is a wondrous book. It's grim, of course; but written with the light strokes of the ever caring Jackie French.Growing up in Australia we're all taught about the brave Anzacs, those men and boys that fought for the Mother Land. Hearing common sayings along the lines; Aussie battlers , Under the rising sun and how heroic and courageous those boys were. It always instilled pride into me, I didn't even know anyone who fo...
  • Ella
    BOOK OVERVIEW“A Rose for the ANZAC Boys” is a novel by Jackie French set during the horrific years of World War One. After Margery (Midge) Macpherson’s old brother Dougie and twin brother Tim enlist in the war, Midge is sent to an English boarding school. Midge feels the war getting closer as she receives a letter from Tim. After devastating news, Midge and her friends Ethel and Anne decide that it is their turn to “do their bit” for th...
  • Kayla
    This novel is simply stunning. I first read ‘A rose for the ANZAC boys’ in year eight for The Readers’ Cup and since then it has kept a special place in my mind and heart. It is a perfect example of brilliant teenage fiction. A story inside a story. The prologue and the epilogue tell us about Lachie and his ancestry of war heroes and their tribute to the Anzac Boys. The main story is set though 1915 to 1920 and follows the journey Margery M...
  • Graeme Cash
    A Rose for the ANZAC Boys focuses on the female volunteers of World War I, who nursed and cared for soldiers, drove ambulances, raised money for the War effort, sent food parcels and knitted clothing. Jackie French calls these women the ‘forgotten army’.It is 1915 and sixteen-year-old Margery ‘Midge’ Macpherson from a Canterbury sheep farm in New Zealand is studying at Miss Hollington’s School for Young Ladies, a boarding school in Engl...