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I Am Canada Collection: (Books 1-3) Hardcover – Feb 1 2011


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I Am Canada Collection: (Books 1-3) + I Am Canada: Behind Enemy Lines: World War II, Sam Frederiksen, Nazi-Occupied Europe, 1944 + I Am Canada: Fire in the Sky: World War I, Paul Townend, Over No Man's Land, 1916
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Scholastic Canada (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443112151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443112154
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 11.9 x 6.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kats on Oct. 14 2012
Format: Hardcover
My son is 16yrs old and he has dyslexia. We struggles to find books for him to read that interest him and are at his reading and maturity level.
The print is a good size and the chapters are not overwhelming.
Well done Scholastic Canada for creating this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 2 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I am reading this series plus I enjoy this author.

Having read this author before I knew this would not be a book for young children. John Wilson writes war stories that are gripping, horrific and page-turning. He describes the death in graphic detail which is not for the faint of heart and yet he does so in few words without gratuitous adjectives. The simple brief truth is enough to bring the reality of war home to the reader. The "I Am Canada" series, while recommended for 8-12 year olds, is not consistently suitable for the age spread with each individual book. Some books are OK for 8+ while others, like this one, are more for 12+ (as is suggested on the publisher's website). So make sure you know the title will match your child's maturity when choosing.

I found this book gripping and read it in one sitting which was only interrupted by a need to eat. This is a brutal look at war and not very sympathetic to the soldiers' plight as we are only getting the point of view of one person. Now, don't get me wrong, the reader is made sympathetic, terribly so, to the plight of the soldiers but the book does come across as harsh and slightly anti-war in its sympathies. This is clarified though in the author's note which is very informative on the Canadian role in WWI and speaks particularly to Canada's pride and remembrance of soldiers who fought at Amiens. I learnt quite a lot of information in this note about the shooting of British Empire soldiers for desertion. A moving read which will appeal mostly to boys, and those who enjoy gripping and personal war stories.
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By Lava1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 24 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a bit of historical fiction, designed for youthful readers, about the mightmarish conditions of the First World War. The protaganist is the Canadian equivalent of Paul Baumann in All Quiet on the Western Front. Whereas Baumann takes a while to become cynical and embittered by the front lines, our hero becomes turned off the moment he arrives in camp in France.

It's a good story about disillusionment, but it will mostly appeal to pacifists instead of military buffs.
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gripping, horrific and page-turning Feb. 1 2012
By Nicola Manning-Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I am reading this series plus I enjoy this author.

Having read this author before I knew this would not be a book for young children. John Wilson writes war stories that are gripping, horrific and page-turning. He describes the death in graphic detail which is not for the faint of heart and yet he does so in few words without gratuitous adjectives. The simple brief truth is enough to bring the reality of war home to the reader. The "I Am Canada" series, while recommended for 8-12 year olds, is not consistently suitable for the age spread with each individual book. Some books are OK for 8+ while others, like this one, are more for 12+ (as is suggested on the publisher's website). So make sure you know the title will match your child's maturity when choosing.

I found this book gripping and read it in one sitting which was only interrupted by a need to eat. This is a brutal look at war and not very sympathetic to the soldiers' plight as we are only getting the point of view of one person. Now, don't get me wrong, the reader is made sympathetic, terribly so, to the plight of the soldiers but the book does come across as harsh and slightly anti-war in its sympathies. This is clarified though in the author's note which is very informative on the Canadian role in WWI and speaks particularly to Canada's pride and remembrance of soldiers who fought at Amiens. I learnt quite a lot of information in this note about the shooting of British Empire soldiers for desertion. A moving read which will appeal mostly to boys, and those who enjoy gripping and personal war stories.

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