Ghost of Heroes Past

Ghost of Heroes Past

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Thirteen-year-old Johnny Anders is something of a misfit, with no friends and a poor school record, but all this begins to change when he is awakened one night to find a soldier-ghost in his bedroom. Johnny is taken back in time to meet a series of unusual heroes in Canada's war history. These include Joan Bamford Fletcher, who commandeered Japanese soldiers to take hundreds of wounded civilians to safety through the jungles of Indonesia, and the much-decorated Raymond Collishaw, through whom Johnny learns that Canada played a role in the Russian Revolution. Not wanting to appear ignorant of his country's history in front of a soldier - even if he is a ghost - Johnny starts some research of his own. While doing so he becomes friends with an intriguing new girl at school who has her own reasons to be interested in Canada's war history. The pair become increasingly closer as together they set about uncovering why it is that Johnny has been chosen to be a witness to Canadians atwar.
Publisher: Vancouver : Ronsdale Press, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781553801023
Characteristics: 168 pages ; 20 cm


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Jun 29, 2011

Maybe I'm just the biggest history nerd ever, but I loved this book! This boy goes back in time ever night with the ghost of a solider, who shows him everything Canadians had to endure and what they achieved in all the wars they were in. There is a message telling us to respect, honor and most importantly remember the men and women who served our country. The men and women who fought for us and alot of them died trying.

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SPL_Childrens Nov 10, 2011

On the night before his fourteenth birthday, Johnny Anders has an unusual dream – a dream in which he is taken back in time to meet the ghosts of some real-life Canadians who were involved in dangerous, deadly work during the two World Wars. He observes Commando Tommy Prince’s daring rescue of a small group of ambushed French Resistance fighters and Nurse Joan Fletcher’s courageous struggles to bring hundreds of wounded civilians through the dense Indonesian jungle to safety. He witnesses Bill Chong’s near-capture in his work as a British spy in World War II Hong Kong, and flies with fighter-pilot Raymond Collishaw as he brings yet another German plane to the ground. Johnny is present when a group of courageous nurses stand in front of some helpless invalids to shield them from armed Japanese soldiers invading a war hospital. He sees the vicious trench warfare of World War I, as well as boats being torpedoed in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.
Charles Reid’s story brings Johnny and the reader to a new interest in, and understanding of, our nation’s war heroes – heroes who were ordinary Canadians, both men and women, acting with great courage to save others even when they were very afraid. Loosely based on Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol (in which Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by ghosts), Ghost of Heroes Past is believable because the story is based on real people, facts and events. (In fact, London, Ontario author Charles Reid was able to interview British spy Bill Chong while conducting his research.)
The result is an intriguing book that reveals the courage, resilience and selflessness of its heroes - as well as the death and dehumanization of war.


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