Wednesday 29 February 2012

Freddy's War

Finished February 29
Freddy's War by Judy Schultz
This is the sad tale of a young Canadian soldier from his childhood, through his old age. Freddy grows up in Edmonton, born on Christmas Day to a mother who died in childbirth. Befriended by the older lady, Serena, next door who takes him under her wing, Freddy finds a new life with reading, music and new friends. One new friend, Yip, is Serena's gardener and Freddy finds a father figure in him. But when Freddy gets in trouble, he lies about his age and joins up in the army.
Shipped to Hong Kong, Freddy is fascinated by the world there, and is better equipped than most due to his early experiences in Edmonton's Chinatown. Despite great hardship, he manages to survive the war and come back home. But his experiences scar him, and their subsequent effect on him show that for Freddy, the war never really ends. Despite new friends and support, Freddy falls into a decline that will define his life.
A look at the after effects of war on a young, impressionable man, that read true.
A very good read, with good discussion questions that are included for book clubs or school classes that may be interested.


  1. I've read so little about Canadian soldiers during WWII, so I'll keep this one in mind. I linked to your review on War Through the Generations.

  2. Thanks Anna. Glad you found me! I hope you enjoy the reviews.