George Mallory, mountaineer of Everest fame, was also a schoolteacher. He wrote “War Work for Boys and Girls” during the Great War before his headmaster relented and allowed him to serve in the army. More of a pamphlet than a book, this extended essay advises English youth as to how they can help the war effort. While the title brings to mind British schoolchildren doing things like knitting mittens for soldiers, the actual message of the essay is quite different. Mallory advises schoolchildren to avoid “intellectual laziness,” instead informing themselves about current political issues and preparing themselves to form knowledgeable opinions in anticipation of the war’s end, when good critical judgment will be necessary to create an effective peace. Some of the historical discussion, as well as imagery of “German corpses,” seems aimed at older children, and overall the insights aren’t earth-shattering, but much of the advice is still sound almost a hundred years later.