A young boy has lost his father, a soldier killed in action overseas. He and his mother travel the stretch of Highway 401 between Trenton and Toronto, called the Highway of Heroes, marking the route o
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This book is my way of standing alongside the people on the bridges over the Highway of Heroes. It's my way of saying thank you to soldiers for doing what they can to make a positive difference in the world. It's my way of paying my respects to the families who have lost and will lose loved ones - wherever they may serve. -Kathy Stinson
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2011 Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable - Information Book Award
2011/2012 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award nomninee
2012 Silver Birch Nonfiction Award nominee
2012 Golden Oak Award nominee
A share of the proceeds from the sale of Highway of Heroes will go to Wounded Warriors, a charity that has offered support to wounded soldiers and their families since 2006. A portion will also go to UNICEF, the organization that has been working to improve quality of life for children around the world since 1946.
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"The highly charged emotional nature of this topic makes it challenging to present in a sensitive and effective way. The choice of two approaches in this book - a personal perspective, and a more objective, factual one - help to balance the grief and loss that underlies the topic. It works. For young readers, the book will answer many questions about the patriotic scenes they are witnessing in the media. It will also help them understand the immediacy and impact of the current war. These well chosen words and images bring it so much closer than the historical view of Canadian combat involvement that is all recent generations have known since the Korean War."
— CM Magazine