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WWI: The Soldiers

Some 60 million soldiers from Canada and all over the world fought in World War One, fighting in locations from France, to Iraq, to Greece, the Pacific Ocean to China. Wherever they fought, the impact of the new and deadly technologies and the political climate made First World War combat a unique and terrible experience.

A Brave Soldier

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Depicts the real-life conditions of the Canadian soldiers during World War I, neither glorifying them nor dwelling on their horror. A realistic portrayal for young people.
grades 2 - 4

Charlie Wilcox
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In 1915 Charlie stows away on a boat which is headed for the war in Europe. He becomes a stretcher-bearer and experiences the horrors of war and the Battle of the Somme.
(FICTION) grades 6 -10
Charlie Wilcox's Great War
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It is 1919 and the war has ended and Charlie has returned to Newfoundland. This is the sequel to Charlie Wilcox.

(FICTION) grades 6-10

Fire in the Sky
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A title in the "I Am Canada" series. It is a young pilot's action-packed account of some of the fiercest air battles of the Great War.
(FICTION) grades 5-10
In Flander's Fields
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Tells the story of a young homesick soldier who risks his life to cross no-man's land to rescue a robin who is caught in the barbed wire which separates opposing forces.

(FICTION) grades 4 and up
In Flander's Field: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae
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This award-winning book details the war experience of soldier, doctor and poet John McCrae who wrote the now-famous poem "In Flanders Fields" during WWI.

grades 4 and up
 Knights of the Air
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A finely-crafted book about the 13,000 pilots who fought for Canada during WWI. 

grades 7 and up  
 Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier
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When the author discovered a 100 year-old diary of a French soldier from WWI he turned it into a fascinating graphic novel with illustrations to depict the actions.
grades 5 and up
Lone Hawk: The Story of an Air Ace

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A graphic novel about WWI Canadian flying ace Billy Bishop who was considered Canada's greatest wartime hero.

grades 4 and up

Mysteries, Legends and Myths of the First World War: Canadian Soldiers in the Trenches and in the Air

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This book offers a fresh, close-up look at WWI and how it was experienced by ordinary Canadian soldiers. Includes real-life accounts.
grades 6 - 12
Only Remembered

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An astonishing collection of stories, memorabilia, letters, photographs and artwork from leading British authors and poets who describe the experiences of World War I.

(FICTION and NON-FICTION)
grades 7 - 12

Shot at Dawn

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(From the I Am Canada Series)
Told from the point of view of a soldier who is remembering what led up to his being sentenced to death for abandoning his unit.

(FICTION) grades 5 - 10
A Soldier's Life  
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This book examines the roles and experiences of Canadians in the conflict including soldiers, airmen, sailors and nurses.

grades 4 and up

The Trenches: Billy Stevens on the Western Front 1914-1918
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Told in the first person by Billy Stevens, a sixteen-year-old who lied about his age to enlist to "kick the Kaiser back to Germany." He is sent to the front where the reader is given a close-up view of the warfare and its terrible toll.

(FICTION) grades 7 - 9

 

True Stories From World
War I
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A collection of twelve incredible true stories set in World War I, covering the war on land and in the air and experiences in battle.

grades 6 and up

 War Game: The Legendary Story of the First World War Football Match
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This is an illustrated story based on the true event of a miraculous  soccer game played between the German and English troops in no-man's land on Christmas Day.

(FICTION) grades  4 - 7

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
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Tells how a Canadian soldier who bought and named a baby bear Winnie (after his hometown of Winnipeg) went to Britain during WWI. The bear become his unit's mascot before moving into the London Zoo where "Winnie" was discovered by A. A. Milne who wrote the book Winnie-the-Pooh.
grades 1-3

Canadians and the Victoria Cross
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This book gives the background of the Victoria Cross medal , the wars when it was presented (including WWI), and the soldiers who received it. Learn about these valiant Canadians and what they did.

grades 4 and up

 

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