Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Author(s): John Hendrix

History | Advent & Christmas

Shooting at the Stars is the moving story of a young British soldier on the front lines during World War I in 1914, writing a letter home to his mother describing his unforgettable Christmas Eve. Despite fierce fighting from both sides, both German and Allied soldiers ceased firing and came together on the battle field to celebrate the holiday. They sang Christmas carols, exchanged gifts and played football. But as the sun began to rise, they returned to their separate trenches and waited for the battle to begin again. Interweaving beautiful illustrations with hand-lettered text, author and illustrator John Hendrix tells a story that celebrates the humanity and kindness that can persist even during the darkest periods of our history. This standout edition will be published to tie in with the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce and will make a very special Christmas gift and a timely story for young children who have parents serving overseas. Includes an author's note and archival image from the Christmas Truce.


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STARRED REVIEW "The acrylic and gouache illustrations tell a tale of their own. Not only is this an impressive Christmas story, but it shows the humanity of warring soldiers."--Jo Drudge, Educational Reviewer, Rome City, Indiana"Library Media Connection" (01/01/2015)

John Hendrix is the author and illustrator of John Brown: His Fight for Freedom and the illustrator of Marissa Moss's Nurse, Soldier, Spy. He has also illustrated novel jackets and done editorial work for Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Progressive.

General Fields

  • : 9781419711756
  • : ABRAMS
  • : Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • : September 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 40
  • : John Hendrix
  • : Hardback
  • : John Hendrix