International Rights

The Road to Afghanistan

By: Linda Granfield
Illustrated by: Brian Deines
  • ISBN 9781443113564, Hardcover
  • 32 Pages | Ages 7 to
A moving tribute to all the soldiers who have served with the Canadian Forces.

A young soldier just returned from Afghanistan has many memories: the beauty of the mountains and wildflowers, the colours of land and sky . . . but also the tragedy that war has brought to that ravaged country and those who fought there.

Memories shift to another soldier in the family - great-grandfather's years in the trenches during WWI, and then grandfather's tour of duty during WWII. The young soldier also remembers those who did not return alive, but travelled home along the Highway of Heroes, honoured by silent observers.

In this timely new book aimed at a younger audience than most, award-winning author and noted war historian Linda Granfield delivers a moving and honest portrayal of military service. Complemented by poignant, evocative artwork by acclaimed illustrator Brian Deines, this book is sure to provide insight and to inspire pride in families all across Canada.

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French (N. Amer.) – Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

• Recognized author who broaches a difficult topic in a very relatable way • Crossover appeal to adults • Perfect for Remembrance Day, Veteran’s Day and other memorial days


  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada), 2014
  • Short-listed, Libris Awards - Young Reader Book of the Year, 2014
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2014
  • Commended, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2015
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2014