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When the First World War breaks out in August 1914, Canadians rush to join the army. Everyone thinks that the war will be over by Christmas. Frank and his friend Michael are sent to fight in Europe. Frank doesn't know anything about the war or the Germans. He enlists because he doesn't want anyone to think he is a coward. He and Michael are trained as soldiers and sent to the trenches. Then come the battles -- unimaginable sights surround Frank and horror is everywhere. Frank is wounded; his friend is killed.
A Brave Soldier explains the terrible conditions that soldiers faced and the effects that this war had on them. It wasn't like anything they could have ever imagined. Nicolas Debon's realistic acrylic illustrations complement the text and his use of earth tones helps to evoke the dark times. In this compelling and emotional story, the reader gradually comes face to face with the atrocities and the misery of "the war to end all wars."