The Home FrontThe Home Front:

Hopscotch and Heartache While Daddy was at War


Author: Margaret Dennis Owen


Winner of two awards in 2012, including the Margaret McWilliams Award for Popular History


Margaret Dennis Owen was seven years old in 1941 when her father, Lieutenant Victor Dennis, was sent with the Winnipeg Grenadiers to defend Hong Kong against the Japanese army. The Battle of Hong Kong was a fiasco and on Christmas Day 1941, the Canadians surrendered. They spent the next four years in a prisoner-of-war camp.

The Home Front is the story of his loved ones at home.

Told through the eyes of young Margaret, it portrays her mother, Lucy, and younger brother and sister during the four long years their father was away. With poignancy and humour, the author offers a colorful picture of Canadian life during the dark days of World War II.