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The Vimy Oaks

The Vimy Oaks

by Linda Granfield, illustrated by Brian Deines

ISBN 9781443148504 Hardcover
36 Pages | 9.23" x 11.2" | Ages 7 to 12
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A soldier, a handful of acorns — and a hundred-year legacy of hope, remembrance and renewal.

“I am writing seated at the foot of a large oak,” wrote Leslie Miller in his diary in 1916, while war raged around him. Little could this Canadian soldier have imagined how future generations would come to enjoy the majestic oak trees he grew after his return to Canada.

Standing amidst the devastation of war, Leslie picked up a handful of acorns and mailed them home, where they were nurtured. This small but amazingly hopeful act continues to be felt just as powerfully today, one hundred years after the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The living legacy of Leslie Miller’s “Vimy Oaks” inspires hope as the world remembers and honours the soldiers who served in the First World War.

  • April 9, 2017: 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
  • November 11, 2018: 100th anniversary of the end of WWI
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    • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2019
    • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada), 2018
    • Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Express Award, 2018
    • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice), 2018
    • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2017
    • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2017


    Rights Sold

    • Rights sold: French (N. Amer.) – Éditions Scholastic

    Selling Points

    • Timed to coincide with the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
    • Granfield's reputation as an author is stellar.
    • The book does not glorify war but shows both humanity and nature's remarkable ability to regenerate after the devastation of war.
    • Strong crossover potential to teen and adult readers.


    Also by
    Linda Granfield

    • The Road to Afghanistan
    • Remembering John McCrae
    • The Unknown Soldier

    Also by
    Brian Deines

    • On a Snowy Night
    • One Hockey Night
    • The Hockey Tree

    Contact Information

    Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
    604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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