International Rights

The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace

By: Linda Granfield
Illustrated by: Brian Deines
  • ISBN 9781443148504, Hardcover
  • 36 Pages | Ages 7 to 12

An act of hope and renewal amidst the destruction of war provides a living memorial, in time for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Imagine, a young soldier standing in the midst of a landscape ravaged by war, pocketing a handful of acorns from the blasted trees, and posting them home. In April 1917, after the Battle at Vimy Ridge, Leslie H. Miller – a teacher, a farmer, and a soldier with the Canadian Expeditionary Force—did just that. Over the following one hundred years, those acorns became majestic oaks, standing at the site of Miller’s family farm in Ontario.

Vimy Ridge is considered Canada’s greatest First World War victory, although its toll was devastating. This moving book, filled with beautiful artwork, and archival photos contextualizes a Canadian soldier’s experience in the Great War while highlighting this extraordinary gesture of hope and renewal. Now, a century later, the results of this simple act have created a living memorial to those who served.

Rights Sold

Rights sold: French (N. Amer.) – Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

• Timed to coincide with the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
• Granfield’s reputation as an author is stellar.
• The book does not glorify war but shows both humanity and nature’s remarkable ability to regenerate after the devastation of war.
• Strong crossover potential to teen and adult readers.


  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2019
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada), 2018
  • Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Express Award, 2018
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice), 2018
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2017
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2017