About the Author
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.
From the Canadian Children's Book Centre
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.
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