Dollie tells her own story through her diary.She is a young girl who used to live in the
slums.She is given a chance in life and
adopted by a rich family who make their money from the docks. She becomes involved with Women’s Suffrage and
The text makes the difference between suffragettes and suffragists
quite clear. We read some gruesome details of how women were imprisoned and
what happened when they went on hunger strike.
Dollie herself is imprisoned and is force-fed.She is also present at the Derby at the Epsom
race course on the 4 June 1913 where Emily Wilding Davison throws herself down
in front of the king’s horse. Emily died of her injuries on 9 June 2013.
At the end of the book is a useful timeline and there are
also some intriguing photos. The author provides some historical notes.
This is one of a series of “My Story” books where history is
brought to us through the voices of young people.
This is an edited collection of commentary on World War I,
or the Great War. It consists of short articles by influential people such as politicians,
writers, actors and producers – and most quote some fiction though this is rarely
It is a little surprising , then, to find it in the children’s
section of the local library and one can’t
help wondering whether it is simply the name Michael Morpurgo that has caused
that to happen.
On the other hand, this is still very readable by the upper primary
and lower secondary child. Each section is short and thought-provoking. The book would also be useful in the classroom
where the Great War is being discussed.
The articles are grouped into three sections: At War, At Home and After.
Ian Beck’s illustrations enliven the text.
Between them, the texts offer a balanced view.