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Children's Fiction Post-confederation (1867-)

From Vimy to Victory

Canada's Fight to the Finish in World War I

by (author) Hugh Brewster

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2014
Post-Confederation (1867-), Military & Wars
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


Hugh Brewster captures the remarkable heroism, sacrifice, and victories of Canadian soldiers during the Great War.

All was not quiet on the Western Front during the last years of WWI. Soldiers faced mud, trench foot, bombardments, barbed wire, snipers, and poison gas. Despite dreadful odds, the Canadian Corps moved forward, reaching deep inside enemy-occupied Belgium. The war cost Canada 60,661 of its finest citizens and thousands more who were wounded in body and mind.

After their hard-won victory at Vimy Ridge, Canadians earned the admiration of the world — and a reputation as soldiers who could get the job done. From that moment in 1917, Canadian soldiers proved themselves again and again on the bloody battlefields of Passchendaele, Lens, Hill 70, and Amiens, during the Hundred Day's offensive.

From Vimy to Victory is presented in an engaging and accessible scrapbook style, with facts and details accompanied by first-person accounts, letters describing life at the Front, wartime diaries, and numerous images, maps, and diagrams that bring World War I to vivid life.

About the author

HUGH BREWSTER has twenty-five years of experience creating books about the Titanic as an editor, publisher and writer. He worked with Robert D. Ballard to produce the 1987 international bestseller The Discovery of the Titanic and oversaw the creation of Titanic: An Illustrated History, a book that provided inspiration for James Cameron’s epic movie. Brewster is also the author of Inside the Titanic, 882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions about the Titanic and Deadly Voyage, and has written twelve award-winning books for young readers, including Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, a 2007 Governor General’s Award nominee. He lives in Toronto. Visit him online at or follow him on Twitter @hughbrewster.

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  • Short-listed, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction
  • Short-listed, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection
  • Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Award, Non-Fiction

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Dieppe: Canada's Darkest Day of World War II:

Honour Book, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book AwardFinalist, OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction AwardCCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens

"Dieppe can be described quite simply as superb . . . archival photographs, first-person accounts from surviving combatants or memoirs, and the connective tissue of his beautifully crafted text tell a story that is equal parts horror and valour." —The Globe and Mail

Praise for At Vimy Ridge: Canada's Greatest World War I Victory:

Winner, Norma Fleck Award for Children's Non-FictionShortlist, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book AwardShortlist, OLA Red Maple Award — Non-FictionShortlist, Rocky Mountain Book AwardShortlist, Hackmatack Children's Choice AwardCCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selectionOLA Best Bets

* "At Vimy Ridge is a splendid introduction to a major event in Canadian history, and Brewster has created another valuable historical resource . . . Few copies will sit for long on library shelves." —Quill & Quire, starred review

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