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Children's Fiction Post-confederation (1867-)

Far from Home

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

illustrated by Leanne Franson

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Nov 2008
Post-Confederation (1867-), Military & Wars
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2008
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2008
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4


Since discovering the Canadian Flyer, a magical time-traveling sled, in Emily’s attic, Matt and Emily have outrun dinosaurs in the Alberta badlands, seen the Silver Dart soar high in Nova Scotia’s skies, and evaded slave catchers on the Underground Railroad. In Far from Home, Emily and Matt land on a ship on its way from London to Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They meet Kate and her younger brother John, Guests of War coming to Canada to escape the German bombs in London, who are very sad about being separated from their parents. As they are about to dock, Kate can’t find John anywhere. She is desperate. Kate promised her parents that she would take care of her little brother. Emily and Matt help Kate search the ship for John, but will they find him before the ship heads back to England? In this, the ninth book in the popular Canadian Flyer Adventures series, author Frieda Wishinsky weaves well-researched and accurate historical facts into her compelling, kid-friendly storytelling, while Leanne Franson’s evocative illustrations situate readers perfectly in place and time. At the end of their adventure, Emily and Matt share additional facts about World War II and the Guests of War, and Wishinsky gives additional facts here too, in an informative Q&A format.

About the authors


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

Frieda Wishinsky's profile page

LEANNE FRANSON first studied Fine Arts at Concordia University. After working as a dishwasher, massage therapist, short-order cook, waitress, foot courier, and clerk at a fine arts materials shop, she decided to devote herself to illustrating children's books. She has done work for Soulières Éditeur, Annick Press, Scholastic, Les éditions de la courte échelle, Canadian Living Magazine, Bayard Canada, and many more. Originally from Regina, SK, she lives with her son, two cats, and her Saint-Bernard in Montreal.

Leanne Franson's profile page


  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens Selection

Editorial Reviews

Franson's animated sketches are a good match for Wishinsky's text, which humanizes history for early readers by relaying one family's struggle to stay united amidst the chaos of war.

Montreal Review of Books

History is not boring when Frieda Wishinsky retells it. Her writing allows children to take a quick trip into Canada's past and, while there, step into history as it's happening. Their travels allow them to meet people who are nice to know — or hard to forget.

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

Far from Home will give young readers insights into facets of the war years beyond the stories from the battle lines in what was an important and proud part of Canada’s history.

Chronicle Herald

This book is fun and you will learn a lot about Canadian history — a bonus!

Librarian Reviews

Far From Home (Canadian Flyer Adventures)

The sled flies Matt and Emily to a ship heading for Halifax at the beginning of World War II. They meet John and Kate, siblings who have come to Canada to escape the blitz bombings back home. John and Kate don’t want to be apart from their family, but their parents have insisted. As they are about to dock, Kate can’t find John anywhere.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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