This is a special edition of Reading Recommendations. On March 12, 2014, Linda Granfield wrote on her Facebook status update:
Today the flag was lowered in Kabul, signifying the end of Canadian operations in Afghanistan. Over the past 12 years, more than 40,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) served in a wide variety of roles. The Afghanistan deployment was the CAF’s largest combat mission since the Korean War – 158 died and more than 2000 were injured.
So I asked Linda to take part in this blog and tell us about her book.
What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Road to Afghanistan–A picture book (with a factual section included) for young readers and adults (North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada Ltd. 2013)
Quick description: In moving words, this fact-based picture book tells of a Canadian soldier home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan recalls its scenery and its people, and the generations of her family who served in past wars. This story, illustrated by Brian Deines, honours those who have put their own lives on the line in a country far from home. In this latest war, for the first time, Canadian female service members were killed in combat.
Linda Granfield is the author of thirty award-winning history titles for young readers and adults. She has written about elections, immigration, cowboys, and the circus; however, she is best known for her “remembrance books” that connect readers with Canada’s military history and our veterans. Her book, In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae, is considered a “Canadian classic” and is now being read by a second generation of readers.
What are you working on now?
I’m writing a biography (for adults) of John Gillespie Magee, an unknown hero of the Rape of Nanking in 1937. Fifteen years of research is done–the writing has begun!
Linda’s reading recommendation:
I just finished Bill Bryson’s entertaining and informative One Summer: America, 1927.