The Tunnel King by Barbara Hehner
The True Story of Wally Floody and The Great Escape

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The Great Escape was the most daring and meticulously planned prisoner-of-war breakout of the Second World War. Yet not many Canadians—least of all children—know the heroic story of Wally Floody, a Canadian airman imprisoned in Stalag Luft III, who was a key figure in digging a set of sophisticated tunnels. Now acclaimed children’s writer Barbara Hehner has penned a gripping action-adventure that tells Floody’s incredible story, and how he eventually became the consultant for the movie The Great Escape.

Packed with the kind of details kids love—like the fact that the prisoners built their own radios from empty cookie tins, or how the tunnels were shored up using 4,000 boards from the prisoners’ beds—The Tunnel King also provides an informative and dramatic Canadian context to the Second World War. Written in a lively style infused with Hehner’s obvious passion for her subject, this is a book that kids will devour.

 

About Barbara Hehner

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BARBARA HEHNER is the author of many children’s books, including The Spirit of Canada: Canada’s Story in Legends, Fiction, Poems and the Ice Age Animals series. She began writing over 20 years ago, entering into a partnership with David Suzuki. Together they wrote six children’s science and activity books, starting with Looking at Plants. Barbara Hehner lives in Toronto with her family.
 
Published August 10, 2010 by HarperCollins. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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