In 1943, twenty-year-old Ewen leaves rural Saskatchewan to serve his country in World War II. While training in England, he meets Reggie, an indigenous soldier from Ontario's Six Nations reserve,
In 1943, twenty-year-old Ewen leaves rural Saskatchewan to serve his country in World War II. While training in England, he meets Reggie, an indigenous soldier from Ontario's Six Nations reserve, and the two young men become unexpected friends in the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. While the army teaches the two 'Rileys' battlefield tactics, Reggie shares with Ewen his Haudenosaunee skills - ones that will help the prairie boy become a better scout and may just keep both of them alive.
Landing on Juno beach, Reggie and Ewen discover the terrible reality of war on the fields of the Netherlands as the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division moves across northern Europe. Reggie's bravery, skill and natural authority earn him a field promotion, but not the respect of all the men under his leadership.
Inspired by the war diaries of the author's father and regimental records, The Hawk and the Hare explores themes of culture, friendship, racism and valour as it shines a light on the under-appreciated contribution of indigenous soldiers.
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Janet Love Morrison
is an author and editor whose previous books include The Crazy Canucks (foreword by Peter Mansbridge), winner of the 2009 One Book, One Vancouver award, and Radar the Rescue Dog (foreword by Justin Trudeau). She currently teaches English on the Cote First Nation Reserve near Kamsack, Saskatchewan.