Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 7
A holiday treat for fans of the Dear Canada Series, and all lovers of historical fiction!
Rekindling a treasured friendship helps a young girl understand the meaning of Christmas. Charlotte and her brother Luke, a soldier serving overseas during World War I, frequently exchange letters. Charlotte fears for his safety, for the worst she can imagine is that Luke will not come home from the war. She's still a year away from knowing how her own life will be changed when a munitions ship in Halifax Harbour catches fire, causing the largest man-made explosion in history and flattening the city of Halifax.
This short story was originally published in Dear Canada: A Christmas to Remember, a collection featuring many of Canada's top writers for children, including Jean Little, Sarah Ellis, Maxine Trottier, Carol Matas, and more. New readers will adore this stand-alone holiday tale, while fans of the Series will recognize the voice of Charlotte, whom they first met in the award-winning Dear Canada book No Safe Harbour.
Collect all 12 Dear Canada Christmas stories this season and enjoy a very happy holiday!
About the author
Julie Lawson spent 18 years as an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time author in 1991. Since then, she has published over twenty books for young people, garnering awards and nominations, critical acclaim, and much recognition. Julie divides her time between writing at home and visiting schools and libraries. She has spoken to Roundtable groups, toured for Canadian Children's Book Week, conducted writing workshops, taught university courses on writing children's literature, and been a presenter at conferences for adults and children across North America. She lives in Victoria, B.C.
Other titles by Julie Lawson
A Blinding Light
White Jade Tiger
Dear Canada: A Ribbon of Shining Steel
The Railway Diary of Kate Cameron, Yale, British Columbia, 1882
A Morning to Polish and Keep
Midnight in the Mountains
Audio Enhanced Edition
Cher Journal : Récit de Noël : N° 7 - Une paix bienvenue
Dear Canada Christmas Story No. 7: The Daft Days of Christmas
Cher Journal : Récit de Noël : N° 5 - La guerre vue de Halifax
Cher Journal : Sans havre
Charlotte Blackburn lors de la grande explosion, Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse, 1917
Dear Canada: No Safe Harbour
The Halifax Explosion Diary of Charlotte Blackburn, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1917