A renowned Canadian author has partnered with a Saskatchewan school to help shape his newest book.
Sigmund Brouwer, a writer-in-residence at the Horizon School Division, launched his newest book, “Innocent Heroes,” at Punnichy Community High School last Tuesday.
The book follows a fictional Canadian platoon preparing for an attack on Vimy Ridge, and the stories behind the relationships the soldiers have with each other and their animals.
Brouwer said the students at the high school helped him shape one of the characters in his book, a First Nations soldier from Punnichy.
He said the students went through the manuscript, giving him comments and descriptions of First Nations culture and issues, so he could make the character seem real.
Brouwer said the student’s comments were extremely helpful for shaping the character, and — for the students — he hopes they gain an appreciation for how words and stories can make an impact.
He also hopes the students learn more on the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and Canada’s significant contributions to the battle.
As thanks for their contribution, the book was dedicated to the students.
Brouwer and Hockey Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier visited students to hand each of them a copy of the book.