Kid’s Book Review: Lines of Courage

Kid’s Book Review: Lines of Courage

About the Book and Author

This amazing story is set during World War 1 and follows the lives of five teenagers who come from different backgrounds and nations. As the story progresses, explaining the lives of the teenagers, their stories start to interweave and come together as the different characters connect. Their interactions lead them closer to one another, with them finally coming together at the end of the story.

Felix, from Austria-Hungary, longs for the bravery to resist Jewish deportations before his own family can be taken.
Kara, from Britain, dreams of someday earning her Red Cross pin and working as a nurse – or even a doctor.
Juliette, of France, hopes her family can remain knitted together, despite her father’s imprisonment, as the war’s longest battle stretches on and on.
Elsa, from Germany, hopes her homing pigeon might one day bring her a friend from out of the chaos.
And Dimitri, of Russia, wants only to survive the front, where he’s been sent with no weapon.

In this remarkable exploration of World War I by critically acclaimed author Jennifer A. Nielsen, the characters discover that friendship and courage can light the way through the most frightening of nights.

Lines of Courage cover
Jennifer Neilson author

New York Times Bestselling author, Jennifer Nielsen, was born and raised in northern Utah, where she still lives today with her family, a dog that won’t play fetch, and a cat that hallucinates. She is the author of The Ascendance series, beginning with THE FALSE PRINCE; the TRAITOR’S GAME series, the historical novels, RESISTANCE, A NIGHT DIVIDED, WORDS ON FIRE, RESCUE, and several other titles. She loves chocolate, old books, and lazy days in the mountains. Find out more about her other books from her website.

Book Review

This really is a story of courage, determination, and resilience through the most difficult times

I have learnt a great deal about the impact of the war and how different countries were affected throughout the four-year conflict. The story takes you on a journey from England, to France, to Austria-Hungary, to Russia, to Germany, giving you an insight into what life was like to be a teenager as war spread across Europe.

The five teenagers, from five empires, are bought together due to their involvement and roles in the war. What I found most compelling was that these five youngsters were strangers and in some instances were enemies, but yet they stood by their convictions and morals and offered help and support for those who needed it, no matter the consequences.

Their courage, strength and friendship were profound.

If you enjoy historical fiction or have an interest in this period of time, I certainly recommend this novel as Nielson cleverly intertwines description of historical events whilst emotionally telling the perspective of the different characters. This really is a story of courage, determination, and resilience through the most difficult times.

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Reviewer Profile

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  • Name: Jacob
  • Age: 15 years
  • Likes: sport, history and holidays
  • Dislikes: early mornings and onions
  • Favourite Book: Scythe By Neil Shusterman
  • Favourite Song: Feel Good Inc. by Gorrilaz
  • Favourite Film: Star Wars