I Am Canada: Prisoner of Dieppe: Word War II, Alistair Morrison, Occupied France, 1942 by Hugh BrewsterI Am Canada: Prisoner of Dieppe: Word War II, Alistair Morrison, Occupied France, 1942 by Hugh Brewster

I Am Canada: Prisoner of Dieppe: Word War II, Alistair Morrison, Occupied France, 1942

byHugh Brewster

Hardcover | September 1, 2010

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A young soldier's gritty account of "the bloodiest nine hours in Canadian military history" - the tragic Dieppe raid of WWII

Alistair "Allie" Morrison lets his friend Mackie talk him into enlisting for WWII, even though he's only 18. After months of endless training Allie's eager for battle. But his first action is not just any battle... it's the disastrous raid on the German-held port of Dieppe.

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.

All told, almost a thousand Canadian soldiers died that day. 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.

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 adapt...
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Title:I Am Canada: Prisoner of Dieppe: Word War II, Alistair Morrison, Occupied France, 1942Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 6.79 × 4.67 × 0.87 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545985943

ISBN - 13:9780545985949

Appropriate for ages: 9

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from dramatic and sobering story of the heroism and defeat of war Reason for Reading: I'm reading the books in this series. This is Hugh Brewster's second book in the series and once again he breaks form by writing in chapters rather than in journal format. He also sets his story up again as an elderly person writing back about their experiences, in the first person, rather than an as-they-happen-format as we are used to in the Dear Canada series and the first book I read in this series. I do prefer the epistolary format but Brewster is a formidable writer and this novel is excellent. Set up as a grandfather finally setting down in words what happened to him in the war from his training, his part in the failed Canadian attack on Dieppe, and his subsequent time as a POW at the hands of the Germans. He's writing this solely for the eyes of his grandson, who has an interest in history and who is now also the age he was when he went to war. Brewster has written non-fiction books on the topic and extensively interviewed veterans who survived Dieppe so while his story and main characters are fictional, the events and information are based on truth and actual happenings. He has also included a host of true life characters as he explains in the note at the back. I'm recommending this book for older readers (12+) than the others of this series as it deals with the war experience realistically and is intense while also including some harrowing moments. The book is not overly graphic but some descriptions are certainly not for the young or the squeamish and the main characters are at least in their late teens. A compelling, fast-paced, dramatic and sobering story of the heroism and defeat of war. Recommended!
Date published: 2012-01-04

Editorial Reviews

Praise for I Am Canada"... the chief characters are eminently likeable and quietly heroic, and their tales utterly engrossing." -The Globe and Mail"... makes history come alive through an expert mix of fact and fiction." -Quill & Quire, starred review."... its lively writing style will maintain reader interest throughout." -CM Magazine, 3 1/2 stars out of 4"I was riveted by the story... . It's very well written. The book is filled with the details of the life of a soldier and POW, but it never dragged. The pacing was quick and yet nothing is taken from the characterizations." - Chrisbookarama.com