Set during the final 24 hours before the armistice at 11 a.m. on 11th November 1918, the story follows a German storm trooper, an American airman and a British Tommy. Their destinies converge during the death throes of the first ever conflict to spread across the globe. War becomes incredibly personal as nationality and geography cease to matter to each of these teenagers on the Western Front, and friendship becomes the defining aspect of their encounter. But who will live and who will die before the end of the day?
A thrilling story of the last 24 hours before armistice. Three lives collide and three destinies are determined during one single day in this powerful and timeless novel
Praise for Auslander: A breakthrough into the top league for Dowswell, a hugely impressive thriller set during the Second World War ... There will be many adults sneakily borrowing this from their children The Bookseller Auslander is a superlative, at times almost agonisingly compelling, piece of historical fiction ... The climactic escape to freedom is pure muck-sweat tension Financial Times Doswell is one of the best new writers of historical fiction for children ... [Auslander] steps outside the victim culture of novels such as those by Morris Gleitzman and comes close to classics such as The Silver Sword. Admirers of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas should look at this novel as a model of imaginative sympathy The Times
A former senior editor with Usborne Publishing, Paul Dowswell is now a full-time author. He has written over sixty books, including Auslander, shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. Paul lives in Wolverhampton with his family. http://www.pauldowswell.co.uk/