When 12-year-old Teddy makes a plan to sneak away from the Remembrance Day ceremony, little does he know where his scheme will take him! Teddy really doesn’t want to go to the boring Remembrance Day ceremony, especially when the comics store is hosting the biggest War Games competition that has ever come to town on the very same day. But the day before the competition an old veteran gives him a “special” poppy that transports him to the trenches of World War I. The “weirdness” (as Teddy calls it) continues and he finds himself aboard a World War II naval vessel and then an air force bomber. As the tension builds in each situation, Teddy experiences the camaraderie, fear, danger and devastation of life in a war zone. Teddy learns more about the lives of the people who fought in wars and he encounters his own ancestors who unknowingly help him to survive. When his journey finally ends, he has a new found respect for the veterans honoured on Remembrance Day.
“This is an imaginative, exciting, yet serious work of fiction.” —John Robert Colombo, Author and Anthologist
Fiction. Young Adult.
Ed Butts' books, for both adult and young readers, includes titles that have been nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award, the Red Maple Award and the Hackmatack Award. His book Wartime: The First World War in a Canadian Town won the Ontario Historical Society's J.J. Talman Award. This Game of War was inspired by the author's research into the stories behind the names on the cenotaph in his hometown of Guelph, Ontario, and his annual attendance at the city's Remembrance Day ceremonies.