TO COINCIDE with the Anzac Centenary, Moss Vale High School students are reading The Light Horse Boy as part of the Kick Off with Reading program.
At the end of the month, author Diane Wolfer will visit the school for three days and speak at an assembly and speak with the students.
Brought to life by illustrations, historical photographs, and memorabilia, The Light Horse Boy is made to look like a notebook.
It tells the story of Jim and Charlie who abandon the Australian outback in 1914 for the excitement of the war to end all wars.
They quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline and nothing will ever be the same again.
It also talks about the fate of horses during World War I.
Year 7 students Zoe Drayton and Clare Middleton said they liked how descriptive the book was and Taylah Denford said she liked the letters in the book.
"I liked how Jim was writing letter to Alice, his older sister, and how he was letting her know what has happening to him," Taylah said.
Zoe said it was also interesting to know what Alice was doing.
"She would write back to him and talk about what she was doing and that's how they kept in touch," Zoe said. Year 7 student Scott Lawrence said he really related to the book, as his dad was in the Navy and he often stayed in touch via letters.
"Dad would send letters back to us and I liked how information was exchanged that way in the book too," Scott said.
Adelle Morris said not only was the story significant, the book itself would be a keepsake for the students.
"It's a timely book and it's multimodal with a narrative, letters, charcoal drawings and photographs," Ms Morris said.
"The reader forms an empathy for the horses, as 130,000 went to war and only one returned to Australia."
Principal Peter MacBeth said the Kick Off with Reading program had made reading and literacy real and brought everyone together.
"The students will continue to touch base with the book throughout the year," he said.