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Carlotta Hacker

Markham (Ont.), Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1989. 64pp, paper, $6.95
ISBN 88902-856-7. CIP

Grades 4 to 8/Ages 9 to 13
Reviewed by Joanne Robertson.

Volume 17 Number 4
1989 July

Bravery, part of the series "Canadian Lives," tells the stories of four Canadians who were awarded medals for bravery by the Canadian government: Mary Dohery was presented with the Cross of Valour for her actions aboard a hijacked TCA flight in 1971, William Hall was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1857 for his actions in India, George Randolph Pearkes was decorated with the Victoria Cross for bravery at Passchendaele during World War I, and Andrew Mynarski was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for his act of heroism during World War II.

As well as relate an absorbing account of bravery, each biography briefly describes the historical selling and the individual's background and later accomplishments. Conversations and details bring the characters to life. For example, "Then Mynarski found a four-leafed clover in the grass. Twirling it cheerfully, he gave it to Brophy [the airman he tried to save]. 'A sign of good luck,' he said."

Photographs of the people and places involved in the stories illustrate most pages of Bravery. The majority are black-and-white photographs, although some have been coloured pink or blue. Mary Dohery's story includes some more recent colour photos. There is no table of contents. The vocabulary and the layout of the pages are suitable for the intended readers.

Joanne Robertson, Dauphin, Man.
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