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To Wawa with Love

When Tom Douglas’s father returned home after the Second World War, he was forced to move his family from Sault Ste. Marie north to Wawa, where he was the timekeeper at the Helen Mine. Although his parents were upset by the move, Tom was thrilled. In the forties, Wawa was still a wooden-sidewalked mud wallow of a mining town, and for a city kid, nothing could have been more exciting.

To Wawa with Love is a nostalgic collection of true stories about a time in northern Ontario that still exists only in the author’s imagination. These are light-hearted stories about a town teeming with colourful characters, like Doc MacTavish, Wawa’s veterinarian and part-time dentist; magical places, like the Lions Club Hall, where a quarter could buy a kid an afternoon at the movies; and comical adventures, like the rescue of Rocky Mitchell from the bottom of the school outhouse on a sub-zero January day.

These warm and humorous vignettes about the way life used to be will delight readers of all ages.

Tom Douglas

TOM DOUGLAS is the author of four best-selling books of military history--Canadian Spies, D-Day, Great Canadian War Heroes, and Valour at Vimy Ridge. Tom started out as a teacher before becoming a reporter with his hometown newspaper, the Sault Daily Star,/i>. He has also worked with The Canadian Press and served as the publisher/owner of a weekly newspaper in Australia.

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Briefly discusses the living conditions in the northern mining towns in the 1940s and outlines how the authors family ended up going to one. 3 $0.30

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Discusses the return of his father after the war and how this man was not recognizable as his father 8 $0.80

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The explanation from his Mom about why his father seemed so different and his acceptance of this altered man. Also mentions their move 6 $0.60

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His father’s position in the army is mentioned and the skills he had which got him it, talks about his dad’s drinking, their move to Sinterland 7 $0.70

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Discusses ways he made money as a kid in order to be able to afford entertainments. Other things about moving from the big city to a northern small town are outlined 7 $0.70

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Outlines traditions in place in Sinterville for Rememberance Day 5 $0.50

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Shares his favourite Christmas Memory involving his Mother and a Wawa Garbage Dump and how the community came together 5 $0.50

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Talks about the cold climate of the small town, the overcrowded elementary school due to a population boom, and the development of a budy system for going to the outhouse at school 8 $0.80

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Discusses the dentist that he went to and how the medical attention received was shoddy 4 $0.40

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Talks about having to fill the fuel oil for the stove and a night where it exploded 4 $0.40

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Talks about doing grocery orders for the neighbourhood as a method of income as a child 6 $0.60

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Talks about getting a BB gun for Christmas one year, his father not approving but his mother always interested in seeing her children happy, then his father training him on how to shoot accurately 7 $0.70

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Talks about an incident at school and how he got in trouble and was given the strap by the teacher 5 $0.50

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Talks about his first love and having his first baked potato 4 $0.40

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Talks about his Great Uncle Henry who was wealthy and like his mother 6 $0.60

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Talks about his Mother’s conversations being istaken for flirtation and an incident involving a half-native man 3 $0.30

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Discusses his father’s drinking problem, and the built up frustration of his mother which eventually led to an ultimatium which meant he got help 6 $0.60

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Discusses his home being a party place for his parents and their friends. Going to the movies on Saturday and receiving a chocolate bar from one of these people and being convinced it was … 5 $0.50

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Talks about school yard bullying during his youth especially related to a family called Harper and how the teachers dealt with it…not in the correct way by todays standards 4 $0.40

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Talks about performing in a Christmas Concert and the embarassing event that occurred at one 6 $0.60

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Discusses a new student who was from a foreign country and how he ruined his first christmas in his new home 4 $0.40

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Talks about getting into a fight because he was defending his younger brother and outlines his father’s opinions on fighting with honour 7 $0.70

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Talks about his hiding spot being Dead Man’s Drop and a fear of needles leading him to hide there for a day 7 $0.70

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Discusses a forest fire in the area and how his dad was involved. Outlines the next step in their family journey when his father is offered a new job 5 $0.50

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The family journies back to Sault Ste. Marie 4 $0.40

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Final thoughts about his father 4 $0.40