I can't tell you how much I recommend these books.
Canadian History, written from the point of view of the person experiencing it. Just fascinating and lending itself to some intensive play times for a nine year old and loads of questions from a 12 year old (at least most recently on our camping trip). Homeschooling without them even knowing it. :)
You can learn more about this series at Scholastic Canada.
It took us about six weeks to read this book as it was part of our bedtime reading and late nights, some books don't get read. It's about World War II, with Alistair Morrison telling the story.
This personal point of view brings out the reality of history, makes it come alive and shows the good and the bad of that moment in history. In this book we learned of difficult choices made, of duty and loyalty to home, country and comrades, of life, and captivity, of leadership and determination. Such an excellent book for young lads to read and learn about what it meant to fight in battle and be loyal to friends even if it is a difficult thing to do.
What do you get in the book?
You get a story, told by a real life person.
At the close of the book you get pictures of what the story was about and anything additional that needs to be added. In Dieppe we got the showed what the men went through. The boys were able to see what an emancipated person looks like and you can just see the sorrow in their eyes. A good thing that.
Anyways, go on out to the library and experience some Canadian History! It'll be good for you, really. It will be. :)