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Children's Fiction Military & Wars

Where Poppies Grow

A World War I Companion

by (author) Linda Granfield

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Apr 2005
Military & Wars, General
Recommended Age
8 to 14
Recommended Grade
3 to 9
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2005
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2001
    List Price

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When World War I began in 1914, no one knew that millions of young people would die in the agonizing years ahead. No one imagined the effect it would have on family life, or that whole villages would disappear, or that entire nations would be changed forever. They believed their sons and daughters, mothersand fathers would be home by Christmas. They were tragically mistaken.

With photos, memorabilia, and anecdotes, Linda Granfield brings us face-to-face with people from all walks of life who risked everything for their country. These painstakingly-gathered bits and pieces are remnants of conflict on a scale never before witnessed. Hastily-penned letters, notes written in code, and prayers for deliverance form an eloquent portrait of humanity, and a startling comment on the devastation of war.

About the author

Linda Granfield has won many awards for her non-fiction/history titles for young readers and adults including the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. Her books include In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae, Pier 21: Gateway of Hope, Canada Votes and America Votes. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

"A haunting, moving scrapbook of the Great War...this book will invite serious students and browsers alike; the horrors of the war are fully realized here. A compelling portfolio."
School Library Journal

"Where Poppies Grow is a haunting, moving scrapbook of the Great War from a Canadian point of view. . . With photographs, memorabilia and anecdotes, the Canadian author brings readers face to face with people from all walks of life who risked everything for their country."
North Bay Nugget

"Where Poppies Grow provides an excellent survey of how the lives of young people and adults were affected by World War I. Containing photos of postcards and other WWI artifacts, this short book includes an amazing amount of information about the lives of soldiers, civilians, and children during WWI. The sacrifices made by everyday people are explained well, and the tragedies of war are explained in an age-appropriate manner. There is enough information here to help a young person write a report about the war and to inspire them to wish to read more." (4 out of 5 Stars)
Lane Education Service District

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