Far From Home

Far From Home

A review of Far From Home by Frieda Wishinsky

Published on October 1, 2009

Far From Home
Frieda Wishinsky

Maple Tree Press
$7.95
paper
83pp
978-1-897349-43-4

Far From Home by Frieda Wishinsky is the eleventh book in the Canadian Flyer Adventures series, which sees Emily and her friend Matt transporting back to key points in Canada’s history via a magical antique sled. This time, they’re taken to Pier 21 in Halifax in 1940, where they meet two young WWII evacuees from England, Kate and John. The siblings are billeted to stay with Emily’s ancestors in her hometown, so Emily and Matt accompany them, posing as fellow Guest Children. But Kate is sick with worry about the family they left behind, and John refuses to speak a word to anyone. Can the time-travellers help them settle into their new lives? 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. (Ages 6-9) mRb

Andrea Belcham lives in Saint-Lazare, where many of her best neighbours are trees.

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