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I Am Canada: Graves of Ice

The Lost Franklin Expedition, George Chambers, The Northwest Passage, 1845

by John Wilson

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A dramatic Arctic adventure set during Sir John Franklin's doomed search for the Northwest Passage

George Chambers is a fourteen-year-old aboard HMS Erebus, one of two ships under the command of Sir John Franklin on his quest to discover the Northwest Passage. But when the Erebus and Terror are trapped in crushing ice, 129 men of the crew die from cold, scurvy, and starvation.

Only two remain alive when George begins to recount his story: himself and Commander James Fitzjames. As his strength dwindles and starvation weakens him, George recalls the events that led him to Canada's desolate North, and the expedition's failure - including gravediggers, a close call with a polar bear, standing up against sailors threatening mutiny, and his own impending death.

George does not know whether the story he tells will be all that survives of Franklin's doomed Arctic expedition.

About the Author

John Wilson

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, John Wilson grew up on the Isle of Skye and outside Glasgow, without the slightest idea that he would ever write books. After obtaining a degree in geology from the University of St. Andrews, he worked in Zimbabwe and Alberta before taking up writing full time and moving to Vancouver Island in 1991. John is the author of numerous articles, essays, poems and reviews, and almost fifty novels and nonfiction books for kids, teens and adults. He was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award (The Alchemist's Dream, 2007), and his books have won or been shortlisted for most Canadian children's-literature prizes.


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Contributor Notes

JOHN WILSON has almost forty books to his credit, including Lost Cause (part of the hugely popular Seven Series), I Am Canada: Shot at Dawn, and the Governor General's Award-nominated The Alchemist's Dream. In addition to writing, John is an energetic presenter who enjoys engaging young readers in historical fiction. He lives in Lantzville, British Columbia. Visit him online at www.johnwilsonauthor.com.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Awards
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada)
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Review

Praise for I Am Canada: Shot at Dawn:

"The powerful writing and strong characters will grip readers from beginning to end, and hopefully provoke some thoughtful discussion about this pivotal moment in history." -Quill & Quire

"The author nails the essence of a tempestuous period [and] the writing is immaculate." -The National Post

"This is a haunting story that keeps the reader riveted even knowing the outcome in advance."-CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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