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Celebrate Remembrance with Bali Rai

Bali Rai

Our Author of the Week Bali Rai has written all about the British colonies' role in the First and Second World Wars. On Remembrance Sunday we remember the British and Commonwealth forces who fought in the wars.

Learn about Remembrance and read a short story for FREE, download National Literacy Trust and Royal British Legion writing activities, discover Bali Rai's favourite children's books and watch a video.

Read A Sense of Home by Bali Rai for FREE

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Read Memories of Home by Bali Rai for FREE

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Book club activities

Read Bali Rai's short story A Sense of Home above and have a go at the activities below. You can create your own World War 2 radio advert to recruit more volunteers for the war effort.

All you need is a pen and paper.

Find out about the history of World War 2 radio advertisements

Read a script example

Plan your World War 2 radio advert

Write a radio advert to recruit volunteers for World War 2

These activities were produced by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with The Royal British Legion.

Home Again activity pack

Make your own bunting, write a story, discover a tasty wartime recipe and complete a questionnaire.

Download the activity pack

Watch the video

In this video Bali Rai chats about his book Now or Never, the story of a young soldier who comes from his home in India to fight in the Second World War, and shares his tips on writing your own story.

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Bali's recommended reads

Anisha - Accidental Detective by Serena Patel

This book is funny and exciting. A different kind of detective story with great characters and cool illustrations.

Monsters in the Mirror by AJ Hartley

A wonderfully magical and imaginative adventure story with awesome characters and an exciting plot. And a character named after a Lancashire town!

The Velvet Fox by Catherine Fisher

One of my favourite recent middle grade reads. A magical fantasy that's easy to read and will keep you guessing to the end. Awesome!

Home Again