Charlie Wilcox, a Newfoundlander, is interested in one thing only: going to sea, just like his father and uncles. He'll make his family proud. His parents have different plans for him, however: they want him to go to university.
Humiliated, Charlie sets out to prove he can measure up to the men in his family, and stows away on a sealing ship. It's only when they are far out to sea, and he is discovered, that he realizes he's on a troopship bound for France!
Alone in Europe, he manages as best he can. He finds a regiment of fellow Newfoundlanders, and because he's too young to fight he works as a stretcher bearer instead. The trenches along the front lines of the Somme are no place for anyone, but especially for a kid, and it's very hard not to be afraid. Especially on the morning of July 1, 1916, when Charlie's friends are ordered out of their trenches and over the top, and the German guns are waiting for them...
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.65(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Sharon McKay is an award-winning author of many books for parents and children, including Penelope from the Our Canadian Girl series. Her first young adult novel, Charlie Wilcox, won the Geoffrey Bilson Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award. Charlie Wilcox's Great War, the sequel, was nominated for a 2003 Red Maple Award. Esther, her most recent novel for young adults, was shortlisted for a 2004 Governor General's Award.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another book that grabs students' attention. I was introduced to this book in university by my YALit prof, who recommended it as a book for kids who have never read a book from beginning to end. There was a student in that class who admitted to never having read any book and doubting that this one would change that...he came back the next day having finished it. I use this book to teach about World War I in my grade 6 Social Studies class, since it covers topics like women's roles, the difference in health care and social norms then and now, the various battles in which the Newfoundlanders were involved, loyalty, love, bravery, physical limitations, true sacrifice....I think I'm going to try to get a class set of these.