Shot at Dawn

Shot at Dawn

World War I

Book - 2011
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Sentenced to death for abandoning his unit, a soldier recounts the events leading up to his arrest.

The reality of trench warfare is a shock to Allan McBride. Like many other young soldiers, he enthusiastically signed up for the chance to join the war effort and be a part of the fighting. But after months in the ravaged battlefields, watching men, including his friend Ken, get blown up by German shelling, something in Allan snaps and he leaves his unit, believing he is "walking home to Canada" to get help for his friend.

After nearly a week of wandering aimlessly, Allan is taken in by a band of real deserters - men who have abandoned their units and live on the edge of survival in the woods of northern France. Once Allan realizes what he's done, he is paralyzed by the reality of his circumstance: if he stays with these men, it's possible they will be found and have to face the consequences; and if he returns to his unit, he will be charged with desertion - a charge punishable by death.

In this outstanding new title in the I Am Canada series, acclaimed author John Wilson explores life in the horrific trenches of WWI and the effect of battle on a shell-shocked soldier.

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9780545985956
Branch Call Number: J IAM
Characteristics: 201 p. :,ill., map ;,18 cm


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Aug 26, 2014

GREAT BOOK it has lots of detail and it is the best book I like so far in the I AM CANADA series.

Cdnbookworm Feb 19, 2012

This children's novel is World War I fiction, a study of a fictional Canadian soldier. We have Allan McBride, a young man from rural B.C., who joins up thinking it a great adventure and eager to prove himself. He is inspired by Ken, a slightly older young man from his community who he has always looked up to and who has been fighting in the war for some time. The hard training is more than Allan expected, but he perseveres and fights hard to stay at the front when Ken would try to send him back.
The story is told as a reminiscence of young Allan as he awaits death by firing squad the following morning. He is kept company by a young officer who he asks to take down his story. This fictional tale tells of many real events of the war, and includes the reality of a soldier's difficult life. The author is clear in the notes however that it is not based on a particular soldier.
A good book to open discussion around this war in a young reader.

Aug 02, 2011

this book is about world war 1

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Jan 06, 2014

Annakuepfer thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

Aug 02, 2011

andrewbarber thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 19


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