A Foreign Field

A Foreign Field

by Gillian Chan
     
 

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This compelling historical novel set during the Second World War shows that sometimes falling apart is only steps away from falling in love.See more details below

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This compelling historical novel set during the Second World War shows that sometimes falling apart is only steps away from falling in love.

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Library Media Connection
Reading this book, it is easy to imagine growing up with the glamour of the flight school, the everydayness of life as a 14-year-old, and the uncertainty of war. Recommended.
From the Publisher
An affecting novel with a strong cast of believable characters and a well-realized historical setting.

... [Chan] takes readers into the harried days of World War II and gives us an insightful look into the lives of the young British and Canadian fighter pilots ...
Chan has drawn upon her own family history - both her father and uncle were pilots in the RAF - to create an engaging and compassionate novel that succinctly explores how war really changes young lives.

Reading this book, it is easy to imagine growing up with the glamour of the flight school, the everydayness of life as a 14-year-old, and the uncertainty of war. Recommended.

VOYA
Inspired by her father's lifelong career in the Royal Air Force (RAF), Chan combines narrative, nightmares, and letters to craft an absorbing, charming love story between a fourteen-year-old Canadian girl and a sixteen-year-old English boy training to be an RAF pilot. Stephen Dearborn joins the service for glamour, but in his journey from enlistment to his final, fatal mission, he discovers war's horrors and his own heroism. Ellen, the girl who grows to love him, also faces grim truths as she helps Stephen fight his fears and bear his grief over a fellow pilot killed in training. She also sees her own brother captured, her friend disfigured, and her girlfriend, also dating a flier, pregnant and alone. Less sentimental than other wartime treatments, this book provides masculine and feminine wartime voices that also address women's rights. Stephen wills his savings to Ellen so that she can become a teacher, a dream she fulfills, although her father rejects the profession as ridiculous for girls. When Ellen tells their story and shows Stephen's RAF ring to her grandson, she communicates that young people in terrible times make purposeful and responsible true-love decisions that change lives. The novel will appeal to girls more than boys, but it includes much about trust and heroism for both. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Kids Can Press, 192p,
— Lucy Schall
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Ellen Logan is growing up during World War II near a Canadian air base. Both of her parents are caught up with their own concerns, so it falls to the 14-year-old to care for her mischievous little brother, Colin. While smoothing over one of his many scrapes, Ellen meets Stephen, a young British pilot who reminds her of her older brothers away in the service. Ellen's chapters alternate with Stephen's letters home as a gentle love story begins. All of the characters are appropriately fleshed out, and many homey details, such as the teen overcooking the potatoes, add the right realistic touch. The realities of war, however, are not glossed over, and Stephen's recurring nightmares might be troubling for some readers. Overall, this is a wonderful story in which the characters seem real, and readers will laugh and cry along with them.-Paula J. LaRue, Van Wert City Schools, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booklist Starred Review
An affecting novel with a strong cast of believable characters and a well-realized historical setting.
Books in Canada
... [Chan takes readers into the harried days of World War II and gives us an insightful look into the lives of the young British and Canadian fighter pilots ...
Chan has drawn upon her own family history - both her father and uncle were pilots in the RAF - to create an engaging and compassionate novel that succinctly explores how war really changes young lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553373506
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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