Far from Home

Canadian Flyer Adventures

By Frieda Wishinsky and Leanne Franson

From 6 to 9 | 96 pages

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.

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
This book is fun and you will learn a lot about Canadian history — a bonus! - TVOKids.com
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
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
Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens Selection, 2010

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