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category: Children's Fiction
published: Apr 2014
ISBN:9781550508017
publisher: Coteau Books

The Comic Book War

The Comic Book War

by Jacqueline Guest

tagged: superheroes, native canadian, siblings
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It's 1943 and World War II is raging. 15-year-old Robert Tourond is home in Calgary, but his three brothers are all fighting the Nazis. Robert follows the exploits of his favourite comic book heroes who also battle bad guys in the comics Robert spends his allowance on. When Robert finds a meteorite in Nose Hill Park near his home, in the same week that a meteorite features in his heroes' stories, Robert is convinced that a magical link exists between them, adn that the superheroes will protect his brothers. Robert has a nemesis of his own on the streets of Calgary - a girl they call "Crazy Charlie." When Robert gets a job delivering telegrams, Charlie does too, cutting into his profits. Then they discover exactly what those telegrams they're delivering have for the recipients. Then Charlie has to deliver one to Robert's house. Can Robert and his heroes really protect all three brothers and bring them home? What will happen if reality comes crashing into his world, like a meteorite falling from space? Who will help then?

About the Author

Jacqueline Guest is the award-winning Métis writer of over a dozen books for young readers. She is the recipient of the Indspire Award for the Arts, formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and was named to the Order of Canada for her ongoing efforts in the world of literacy. Jacqueline lives in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Alberta.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 14
Grade:
7 to 9

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The Comic Book War

It’s 1943 when Robert Tourond gets a message from a falling meteorite – his favourite comic book superheroes really ARE protecting his brothers, who are all overseas fighting “that Hitler.” All Robert has to do is keep buying those comic books, and he’ll make sure everyone stays safe and sound. Robert soon discovers that although he and others on the Home Front can make a difference, he and his heroes cannot really protect his brothers.

Comic books are the passion and salvation of Robert, an adolescent who finds himself caught up in the events of World War II. Robert’s story focuses on the importance of communications and telegrams to the war effort. Many students will relate to Robert’s love of comic book superheroes, and benefit from the way in which Robert uses familiar stories of superheroes to make sense of the tumult of wartime.

Also available: Ghost Messages by Jacqueline Guest; Outcasts of River Falls by Jacqueline Guest

Author available for school visits. @JacquelineGuest

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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