When the Guns Fall Silent

A new edition to commemorate the First World War centenary.

James Riordan

Suitable for:  11+

Price:  £6.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-273570-6
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Paperback: 176 pages
Dimensions: 198x129mm

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A powerful, moving, and ultimately hopeful story about one boy's journey to the First World War, of the horrors he faced there, and of the time, amongst all the bloodshed, fighting gave way to football on the frozen ground of No-Man's-Land.

Publishing to coincide with the centenary of the start of the First World War.


  • Publishing in time for 2014 - a year which sees not only the centenary of the First World War, but also the football World Cup, both of which tie in to the themes in this story.
  • Told with heart and emotion, together with action and pace, this beautifully-written story brings to life this important point in history.
  • The perfect book for Upper Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 3 children, particularly to tie in with any First World War projects.
  • Previous ISBN: 9780192751638.
  • eBook available.

This page was last updated on 26 May 2023 at 04:30 GMT


  • 'This is a necessary, powerful, outspoken but ultimately healing book, something all young people born into more fortunate generations should read.' - The School Librarian
  • 'A moving story which fully captures the horrors of war. One of the best children's or teen books to tackle a difficult topic.' - The Bookbag
  • This is a moving account of the reality of war and the terrible personal cost to a 17-year old recruit. - Pat Walsh, Historical Novel Review
  • James Riordan was one of our most powerful writers of war stories... All secondary schools should take the opportunity to re-stock this important title. - Kathryn Tyson, The School Librarian Magazine
  • This is compelling, revealing reading. - Caroline Franklin, Newbury Weekly News
  • Beautifully written by an accomplished storyteller... - Paul Dowswell, Carousel: The Guide to Children's Books
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