Lately, life has been tough for fourteen-year-old Ellen Logan. With her country embroiled in the Second World War, her brothers in the service and her parents busily supporting the war effort, Ellen is forced to shoulder many of the family responsibilities.
Life is even tougher for Stephen Dearborn, a young British pilot in training at the local airfield. Inexperienced and far from home, Stephen’s romantic dreams of being a flyer are shattered by the harsh reality of his training.
Even as Ellen and Stephen are forced to grow up before their time, their friendship continues to deepen—and together they discover that sometimes falling apart is only steps away from falling in love.
Praise for Gillian Chan’s A Foreign Field:
Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award 2004 Shortlist
Winner of the Ontario Library Association’s 2003 White Pine Award
Winner of Napra's Nautilius Award for Young Adult Book
Winner of Hamilton and Region Arts’ Council Award for Best Children’s
Book for 2002
“Chan has drawn upon her own family history—both her father and uncle were in the RAF—to create an engaging and compassionate novel that succinctly explores how war really changes young lives.” —Books in Canada
“This a wonderful story in which the characters seem real, and readers will laugh and cry along with them.” —School Library Journal
“Stephen and Ellen are both sympathetic characters—she a little plain, Stephen rather stiff and self-absorbed, they’re neither glamorous nor beautiful. Stephen’s frequent letters are vivid and revealing and Chan shows poignantly Ellen’s necessary maturation.” —The Toronto Star
Page extent: 184 pages
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Gillian Chan trained as an English and Drama teacher. She has written seven books and has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, Mr. Christie’s Book Award as well as many other national and international awards for young readers, and is the winner of the OSLA White Pine Award as well as the Nautilus award for the best young adult book.
Gillian Chan’s website can be found at www.gillianchan.com