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Innocent Heroes: Stories of animals in the First World War

Category: Book
By (author): Brouwer, Sigmund
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14 Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
  JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Military & Wars
  JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian
Publisher: Tundra Books
Published: February 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 9.31in x 6.38in x 0.79in
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$ 21.99
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From The Publisher*A unique celebration of the important role animals play in war, and an insightful look at the taking of Vimy Ridge from the perspective of 3 men in a Canadian platoon.

Never before have the stories of animal war heroes been collected in such a special way. This book consists of eight connected fictional stories about a Canadian platoon in WW1. The Storming Normans have help from some very memorable animals: we meet a dog who warns soldiers in the trench of a gas attack, a donkey whose stubbornness saves the day, a cat who saves soldiers from rat bites, and many more. Each story is followed by nonfiction sections that tell the true story of these animals from around the world and of the Canadian soldiers who took Vimy Ridge. Through the friendship that grows between three of these soldiers in particular, we get a close-up look at life in the trenches, the taking of Vimy Ridge, the bonds between soldiers and their animals and what it meant to be Canadian in WW1.
Review Quote*Praise for Sigmund Brouwer:

Thief of Glory
"War. Love at first sight. Rivalry. Human nature. Art. Brouwer (Broken Angel) weaves timeless themes into the story of a 70-year journey toward redemption ... Thorough historical research, skillful use of foreshadowing, and keen insight into the human spirit make this one of Brouwer's best." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Nowhere to Hide
"This fast-paced thriller full of unexpected twists, addressing deception, identity struggle, and inner peace, deserves its place on the shelf ... For fans of plot-driven conspiracy-theory fiction." --School Library Journal

Rock the Boat
"Brouwer keeps both chapters and book as short as possible; despite this, his characters shine as individuals, and clearly he has done his research on the dangers the music world poses for new talent...A quick read for music lovers. --Kirkus Reviews
"Will hook readers from the first chapter...True to life and easy to grasp...A suspenseful plot, fascinating details, and a likable protagonist make this title a wonderful addition to hi-lo collections." --School Library Journal
Biographical NoteSIGMUND BROUWER writes for both children and adults. In the last ten years, he has given writing workshops to students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. One of the writers in Orca's Seven series, he has published well over 100 books for kids, from YA fiction to picture books to nonfiction, with close to 4 million books in print. He recently won the Arthur Ellis award for his book Dead Man's Switch, which was also a finalist for the Red Maple as well. Devil's Pass, from the Seven series, was shortlisted for the John Spray Mystery Award and the Red Maple. Sigmund and his family live half the year in Nashville, Tennessee, and half the year in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit