"That's the city of Megiddo. Armageddon will begin on the plains below."
"Maybe it just did," Cheevers said.
Fueled by anger at the death of his brother in World War I, sixteen year old Edward enlists and abandons his father and their farm in Canada for England. After proving that he can tame any wild horse, he's sent to Palestine to battle the Turks. A trooper's horse is the key to life and death in a cavalry charge: luckily, Edward has the extraordinary Buke, his true companion. He also has tender letters from Emily, a nurse, and the camaraderie of his tent mates. As he closes in on the enemy, Edward finds that the noble vengeance he seeks is replaced by the horror of battle and the realization that he must fight not only to survive, but also, to kill.
"Speed is armor. Remember that, Edward. The faster we ride the harder we are to hit."
Snow Willow Award (2008)
Saskatchewan Book Award: Best Book for Children (2006)
"...it is a powerful book that needs to be read."
School Library Journal, Starred Review
"When he enters battle on his beloved horse Buke, the scenes are every bit as exciting as any movie spectacle."
"Edward is a well-delineated character, and individual scenes and settings are crisply realized with lots of sensual detail and immediacy."
Horn Book Magazine
"Megiddo's Shadow is a brilliant novel. Slade has crafted a story that is both timeless and contemporary, reminding us once again how easily young men march off to war and how easily those wars start."
David Gill, ALAN website.
"Searing. Slade's descriptions of desert warfare will leave you gasping for air."
Kenneth Oppel, author of Airborn
"On the sweep to Damascus in World War I, a strong sense of duty and a good dose of naivete send young Canadian Edward Bathe, newly enlisted in the British army, to war in the shadow of the ancient battleground city of Megiddo, where in poignant scenes of confusion and compassion, the hard face of reality lunges up out of the sand. There is no better way for young readers to understand world history than through hard-charging stories such as these. Nicely done. Thank you, Arthur Slade."
Graham Salisbury, author of Lord of the Deep
"Through the eyes of an underage soldier, Arthur Slade charts the random cruelty and everyday heroism that is war. Megiddo's Shadow is truthful, tender and as unsentimental as a bullet."
Nicky Singer, author of Featherboy
Winner of the 2006 Saskatchewan Book Award for Children's Literature and nominated for the OLA's Red Maple Reader's Choice Award!