One Step Ahead Jack! by Janet Marshall

The story of WW1 Nurse and national heroine Matron Edith Cavell and her faithful friend Jack the dog. Illustrated by Dawn Wassell
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Edith Cavell loved dogs and had a special bond with her faithful mongrel Jack. She mentions him in final letters written from prison before her execution. He was also with her on many occasions when she helped allied soldiers to escape. In this story children can befriend Jack from the moment he comes to live at the hospital in Brussels and see the First World War infold through his eyes. Jack also helps children to encounter the sad end of Edith's story sensitively.

It is an enjoyable "read it yourself" story for competent junior readers as well as being a great "read out loud to" book for parents and others.

It can also be used as an uper KS1/KS2 National Curriculum History and RE resource for teachers.


Janet Marshall is head of the Schools and Family Learning Department at Norwich Cathedral. She previously led the schools' work at St Paul's Cathedral, London, and the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. She is also the author of three children's story books and two resources books for teachers.

Dawn Wassell has over twenty years experience in illustrating for all ages and has illustrated numersou teaching resources. She works as a steward at St Paul's Cathedral and teaches dance.

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