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The Trenches: The Story of Billy Stevens is a My Story book written by Jim Eldridge. It was Eldridge's first entry in the series. The book was first published in April 2002 by Scholastic UK with Civil War, Trafalgar, and Battle of Britain. The Trenches was republished four times in May 2008, January 2014, May 2016, and January 2020 with new cover art each time.

Dedication[]

"To my wife, Lynne"

Book description[]

"June 1917
Mustard gas! A feeling of panic hit me and I scrambled to get my respirator over my face before the killer gas got into my mouth and nose and burnt my lungs. It burned everything it touched. Eyes. Skin. And it always found a way in. Like now, I could feel where it had crept up inside the sleeves of my uniform and the skin on my arms felt like it was on fire. I threw myself into a muddy hole, pushing my arms under water, but I knew it was already too late. I stumbled to my feet, saturated, with the weight of wet mud clinging to me. I couldn't move. I couldn't see...
"

"It's 1917 and Billy Stevens is a telegraph operator stationed near Ypres. The Great War has been raging for three years when Billy finds himself taking part in the deadly Big Push forward. But he is shocked to discover that the bullets of his fellow soldiers aren't just aimed at the enemy..."

"It's 1917, and Billy Stevens is a telegraph operator stationed near Ypres. The Great War has been raging for three years when Billy finds himself taking part in the deadly Big Push—a deadly attempt to gain ground.
As battle goes on around him, Billy is shocked to discover that the bullets of his fellow soldiers aren't just aimed at the enemy..."

""We're going to just die here like this in the mud. All this time and no one's going anywhere. Not us, nor the Germans."
It's 1917 and Billy Stevens is a telegraph operator stationed near Ypres. The Great War has been raging for three years when Billy finds himself taking part in the deadly Big Push forward. Will he and his friends be able to survive, especially after discovering that the bullets of their fellow soldiers aren't just aimed at the enemy?
"

"We're going to just die here like this in the mud. All this time and no one's going anywhere. Not us, nor the Germans."
It's 1917 and Billy Stevens is a telegraph operator stationed near Ypres. The Great War has been raging for three years when Billy finds himself taking part in the deadly Big Push forward.
Will he and his friends be able to survive, especially after discovering that the bullets of their fellow soldiers aren't just aimed at the enemy?
"

Plot[]

Epilogue[]

Historical Note[]

Characters[]

Main article: List of The Trenches characters

Author[]

Main article: Jim Eldridge

Editions[]

Notes[]

  • The image used on the cover of the first edition was licensed from TRH Pictures.[11]
  • The illustration on the cover of the second edition was done by Richard Jones.
  • Sam R. Kennedy illustrated the cover of the third edition of The Trenches.
  • The cover of the fifth edition of The Trenches was illustrated by Euan Cook.[12]

References[]

See also[]


My Story
Original

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Mill Girl | Transported
Armada | Crimea | Bloody Tower | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Mayflower | Agincourt | Suffragette | Waterloo | Slave Girl
Flying Ace | Anne Boleyn and Me | D-Day | Victorian Workhouse | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | War Nurse
U-Boat Hunter | The Queen's Spies

1st relaunch

Princess of Egypt | Pompeii | Road to War | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War
The Storm to Come | The Sweep's Boy | The Fall of the Blade | Pyramid of Secrets | Factory Girl | Dodger!
No Way Back | Wartime Princess | London Stories | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run

2nd relaunch

Codename Céline

3rd relaunch

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan | Ignatius Sancho | Princess Sophia Duleep Singh | Mary Prince

My Royal Story

Victoria | Anastasia | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth | Mary, Queen of Scots | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote!


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