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I Am Canada: Defend or Die

The Siege of Hong Kong, Jack Finnigan, Hong Kong, 1941

by Gillian Chan

tagged: military & wars, post-confederation (1867-)
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Description

A captivating and rarely told World War II story: that of the Canadian troops sent to defend Hong Kong from the invading Japanese.

Nineteen-year-old Jack Finnigan is a born troublemaker. He has grown up defying authority and leaves his small town to enlist in the Royal Rifles, expecting adventure . . . and not afraid of danger. Little does he know what awaits across the Pacific, where his untested regiment is being sent to defend the vulnerable British colony of Hong Kong.

The Royal Rifles and the Winnipeg Grenadiers, many of them young and untrained, quickly find themselves in the thick of battle as the Japanese attack on Sunday, December 7, 1941 (the same day as the bombing of Pearl Harbor). After nearly a month of fighting, the colony falls to the Japanese.

Jack writes about the fierce battles during those hard weeks, the surrender and capture of his unit, and his brutal time in the POW camp. In those desperate battles and horrendous conditions, he befriends a once-despised sergeant and learns to work with him in order to survive.

About the Author

Gillian Chan

After being an English teacher for ten years, Gillian Chan realized her dream of becoming a writer in 1994. Her first book, Golden Girl and Other Stories, was shortlisted for the Mr. Christie's Book Award. A companion collection, Glory Days and Other Stories, was also a Christie nominee, and made the shortlist for the 1996 Governor General's Literary Award. When she turned to writing novels, Gillian was able to combine her writing with her love of history, writing such books as The Carved Box and A Foreign Field.
During her preparations for An Ocean Apart, Gillian travelled to Vancouver several times, walking the streets that would have been familiar to Mei. Her husband read and translated Chinese newspapers for her from the period in which the story was set. She has just finished writing a new title about the War of 1812 for Dear Canada's "little brother," the I Am Canada series.

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Contributor Notes

GILLIAN CHAN is the author of I Am Canada: A Call to Battle, a Geoffrey Bilson Award finalist, and Dear Canada: An Ocean Apart, which won the Arts Hamilton Children's Book Award. She has written seven books and has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and the Mr. Christie's Book Award, as well as many other national and international awards for young readers. Gillian lives in Dundas, Ontario. Connect with her online at www.gillianchan.com.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
10 to 14
Grade:
5 to 9
Awards
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book

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