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I Am Canada Collection: (Books 1-3) [Hardcover]

John Wilson , Paul Yee , Hugh Brewster
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Feb. 1 2011
Sentenced to death for abandoning his unit, a soldier recounts the events leading up to his arrest.

The reality of trench warfare is a shock to Allan McBride. Like many other young soldiers, he enthusiastically signed up for the chance to join the war effort and be a part of the fighting. But after months in the ravaged battlefields, watching men, including his friend Ken, get blown up by German shelling, something in Allan snaps and he leaves his unit, believing he is "walking home to Canada" to get help for his friend.

After nearly a week of wandering aimlessly, Allan is taken in by a band of real deserters — men who have abandoned their units and live on the edge of survival in the woods of northern France. Once Allan realizes what he's done, he is paralyzed by the reality of his circumstance: if he stays with these men, it's possible they will be found and have to face the consequences; and if he returns to his unit, he will be charged with desertion — a charge punishable by death.

In this outstanding new title in the I Am Canada series, acclaimed author John Wilson explores life in the horrific trenches of WWI and the effect of battle on a shell-shocked soldier.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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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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This outstanding collection contains the first three books of Scholastic Canada's brand new series I AM CANADA I Am Canada: Prisoner of Dieppe: Word War II, Alistair Morrison, Occupied France, 1942 by Hugh Brewster Alistair "Allie" Morrison lets his friend Mackie talk him into enlisting for WWII, even though he's only 18. He and his unit are under orders to take one of the main beaches, but they disembark from their landing craft onto a killing ground. As Allie gets his bearings and makes sense of the horror on every side, he witnesses friends advance into a massacre. In the resulting chaotic evacuation, Allie and Mackie are captured as POWs and sent to Stalag VIIIB in Germany. Still shell-shocked from their fighting, the soldiers struggle to maintain their courage. Others, like Mackie, are determined to plot an escape and outwit their captors, at any cost. Historian Jack Granatstein vetted Prisoner of Dieppe to ensure historical accuracy. I Am Canada: Blood and Iron: Building the Railway, Lee Heen-gwong, British Columbia, 1882 by Paul Yee Heen's father and grandfather have brought their family in China to the brink of ruin with their gambling habits. To solve their money troubles, Heen and his father come to Canada to build the railway - a decision plagued by disaster. The living conditions provided for workers are wretched and work on the railway is excruciating. Transporting tons of gravel and working in tunnels about to be dynamited proves to be deadly for many of his co-workers. Soon the friction between the Chinese workers and the whites, who barely acknowledge these deaths, reaches a fevered pitch. I Am Canada: Shot at Dawn: World War I, Allan McBride, France, 1917 by John Wilson In this outstanding new title in the I Am Canada series, acclaimed author John Wilson explores life in the horrific trenches of WWI and the effect of battle on a shell-shocked soldier.

HUGH BREWSTER has a proven track record for engaging young readers in Canadian history. His award-winning non-fiction titles include three that explore Canada''s role at war: At Vimy Ridge, On Juno Beach and Dieppe. His first work of fiction, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, was a finalist for the Governor General''s Award and has been adapted as a play. A former book editor, Hugh is now a full-time writer who lives in Toronto, Ontario. His website is www.hughbrewster.com. PAUL YEE has written close to 20 picture books and novels about the Chinese experience in Canada. "When I was a child...there were no books about my world- the world of immigrants, racial minorities and different histories. I had to learn about these things much later in life." Born in Saskatchewan and raised in Vancouver, he now lives in Toronto, Ontario. His website is www.paulyee.ca. JOHN WILSON has almost two dozen books to his credit, including the Governor General?s Award nominated The Alchemist?s Dream. In addition to writing, John is an energetic presenter who spends a lot of time travelling, telling stories about his books and engaging young readers in historical fiction. He lives in Lantzville, British Columbia.

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A shell-shocked soldier leaves his unit, believing he is getting help for a friend. Taken in by a band of real deserters, he realizes what he has done. His mistake leads to his being sentenced to death for abandoning his unit. During the last night before he’s scheduled to be shot by a firing squad, he recounts the events leading up to his arrest. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my sons favorite series. Oct. 14 2012
By Kats
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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4.0 out of 5 stars gripping, horrific and page-turning Feb. 2 2012
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars a pacifist message April 24 2012
By Lava1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars gripping, horrific and page-turning Feb. 1 2012
By Nicola 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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