The Eleventh Hour
Juvenile: Age (years) from 7 - 10
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Military & Wars
Oct 15, 2018
8.5 x 10 x 0.38 in | 502 gr
Color illustrations throughout
Ontario Library Association Best Bet 2020, Commended
Light Reads, Great Stories 2020, Commended
- Author Bio
A First World War story of friendship to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice
Jim and Jules are childhood friends, born on the same day in the same village. All their lives, Jim has been first — born two minutes before Jules, always faster, always stronger. When the First World War breaks out in Europe, the two young men enlist in the fight with 30,000 other
On the Front, conditions aren’t epic and glorious but muddy and barbaric. Here, too, Jim is the first to attack. Jules is always two minutes behind: lagging in drills, missing the boat, handed chores instead of honors. On November 11, 1918, Jim and Jules are sent out to fight one last time. Jim, always first over the top of the trench, is shot and dies at 10:58am, two minutes before the Armistice takes effect at 11:00am.
Illustrated by political cartoonist and Letters to a Prisoner author Jacques Goldstyn and inspired by true events, this picture book is a simple, poignant, thought-provoking story to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice in 2018.
JACQUES GOLDSTYN is an illustrator and a political cartoonist. He is a
regular contributor to the children’s magazine Les Débrouillards and his
books include Letters to a Prisoner and Bertolt, both of which were
chosen as Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Books of 2017. He has twice won
Le Grand Prix du journalisme indépendant for editorial illustration and
lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Praise for Letters to a Prisoner:
"This deserves to be everywhere children are learning about the wider world."
— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"An accessible and inspiring tribute."
— Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
"Powerful...an inspiration for all ages."
— Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW
"Universal... An elegant picture book tribute to the power of organizing and the plight of political prisoners."
— School Library Journal
"Sure to spark discussions of human rights and social justice."