Using copious historical images, these books provide a comprehensive history of the first half of the 20th century for middle school grades. The complex global issues of this difficult and tragic time are dealt with without losing sight of a Canadian perspective. The two world wars, the Treaty of Versailles, the depression, the Spanish Civil War, the rise of Communism and Fascism, even Bonnie and Clyde, are dealt with in easily digestible one or two page spreads reinforced with photographs, maps and sidebars. Each book includes an index, timeline of events and a list of further resources.

The trilogy exposes young readers to the great events of recent history and aims to give them an undersatnding of a troubled time that defines our world today. Either as a general adjunct to the Socials' Curriculum or as a starting point for any middle grade reader with an interest in history, Desperate Glory, Failed Hope and Bitter Ashes are an invaluable school library resource.

"Desperate Glory makes history meaningful and relevant…[it]…is an excellent introduction to the First World War and ideal for classroom use. Highly Recommended." CM Magazine

"A bracingly critical perspective. With a few deft sentences he lays out the story in a way that doesn't overwhelm the emotions of his young audience, but provides the context they'll need to read an interpret more advanced works in the future." Quill & Quire


"Bitter Ashes is clear, critical and succinct…The book's breadth, warmth and clarity provide a good read for young history buffs, a compelling narrative even for those who don't usually take to non-fiction." Vancouver Islander
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