An Empty Chair: The Tragic Story of Welsh Poet Hedd Wyn

By LLEWELYN, Haf

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9781784614522
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Dufour Editions


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Reviewed on January 1, 2018  |  Picture Books

Gr 6 Up—Teenager Anni thinks her brother Ellis might be "the worst soldier ever," but Ellis's bardic name, Hedd Wyn (Blessed Peace in Welsh), suggests that heroism exists beyond the battlefield. This slim WWI novel is a translation of Llewelyn's prizewinning Welsh-language original, based on the true story of Ellis Evans's posthumous award of a bardic chair at the National Eisteddfod of 1917. Despite this ambitious setup, the novel strives for accessibility. Anni struggles with shoplifting, boys, an uncle's war injury, and missing Ellis. ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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