​As a young man, Norman Bethune served as a stretcher-bearer in the First World War. The experience left him with the dedication and passion to lead crusades to find a cure for tuberculosis, to introduce universal health care in Canada, and to create mobile blood transfusion units to save wounded soldier's lives on the battlefield. He served with the Republican armies during the Spanish Civil War and in China where he died of blood poisoning in 1939. (Age 9-13)

"Wilson doesn't…whitewash…[or] try to make tempestuous Bethune into a saint…Clear, straightforward writing and one-page 'chapters' make this particularly accessible to younger readers." Toronto Star

"Honest, accessible account of Norman Bethune's eventful and still influential work. Engages readers." Norma Fleck Award Jury

"…a comprehensive biography…[that] would be a good addition to school and public libraries." Resource Links

"Intelligent yet accessible. Highly Recommended." CM Magazine.
​Unlike many better-known 19th century European explorers, John Rae showed respect for Inuit customs and learned from their expertise in Arctic survival. As a Hudson's Bay Company employee, he travelled extensively in the North and, in 1854, brought back to Britain the first relics and and tragic stories to cast light on the fate of Sir John Franklin and his doomed expedition. In doing so, he could lay claim to being the true discoverer of the fabled Northwest Passage. (Age 9-13)

"Wilson does an admirable job of bringing this exceptional, multi-faceted man into focus." Globe and Mail

"…a fine introduction to the life of a fascinating man." CCBN


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