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Between the Lines

Author Stewart Ross


friendship, self-esteem, cooperation, discrimination, bravery

August 1914: cousins Louis and Karl, one French, one German, find themselves caught in the opening skirmishes of World War I. When secret plans for a new weapon fall into their hands they must decide whether to hand them over or to flee. But who can they trust and which side are they really on?  

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  • Chapter 1 A Fateful Day

    “Race you to the top!” shouted Louis, slipping off his rucksack and running up the rocky slope ahead of them. Karl took a moment to react. “Hey! That’s not fair, Louis!” he called, before throwin...

  • Chapter 2 On the Road

    Louis ducked down below the windowsill. “There’s someone in there,” he hissed. “A stranger.” “German?” “Don’t know.” Louis eased his way up the wall again until he could see into the room aroun...

  • Chapter 3 Hunted!

    “Bye, soldier!” yelled Karl as he crashed the Peugeot into first gear and opened up the throttle. The guard took a moment or two to realize what was going on. By the time he had done so, it was t...

  • Chapter 4 Capture!

    Karl picked himself up and approached the girl. “Why should we trust you?” “Don’t know,” she said with a hint of a grin. Putting down the milk pails, she stared straight at them. “Maybe because I...

  • Chapter 5 Sacrifice

    Louis darted back inside the boathouse and listened. The sound of car doors slamming was followed by heavy footsteps crunching on the gravel path that led to the cottage door. Any moment now, he t...