- Marie Donais Calder’s parents taught her she could do most anything she set her mind to. They were absolutely right about that. In spite of being born with severe myopia, which has deteriorated to low vision, Marie enjoyed sports, track & field,etc.
She received her B.Ed after marrying Darcy and having their 3 daughters, Nicole, Chantelle & Kari-Lynn. She had a rewarding 30 year teaching career and is now ready to tell the many stories residing within her.
Marie and Darcy live in Estevan, SK.They have 2 grand-daughters, Piper and Kyenna and one surrogate grand-daughter, Lyanna. Marie's biography can be found in Something About the Author, volume 96.
“It was by way of Eddie that we were to be fed,” said the dignified silver haired lady to my Mother. Mom had gone to Germany to finally meet ‘the family’ whom Dad had so fondly spoken of upon his return to Canada in 1946.
About the Series (Borealis Press, 2010):
Y/A historical fiction
The Other Side of: War, Fear, Pain, Trauma, Torn (set in Germany),the remainder in Canada.
The central characters in the series are Eddie and Johann, the Schmidt family, and some canadian soldiers. All of the characters are based on actual people. Eddie, my father, was stationed in Germany for 1 year. Immediately after his arrival in the enemy country he met 10 year old Johann. Eddie soon became involved in helping Johann’s family survive in the aftermath of the war. He did what our current day soldiers are attempting to do in Afghanistan; he helped them rebuild their lives.
Eddie, through example, taught his army buddies that the Schmidt family was no different than their families were back home.
These touching tales serve to illustrate the other side from the perspective of a Canadian soldier and a German family. We see the hardships faced by the Schmidt family, who was against the war from the start. However, in the words of the only surviving member of the family, they were helpless to stop the powerful Hitler in his quest to rule the world.The common folk of Germany had no idea what the future held. These novels reveal the helplessness the people felt as well as the total lack of control they had over their own lives.
These novels also challenge a number of stereotypes and assumptions about the German people. It works to highlight the best in humanity as Eddie and the Schmidt family, who were virtually enemies, develop a close and strong relationship based on mutual respect and frie
Audience Age Groups
- Secondary School (10-12)
- Middle School (6-9)
- Elementary School (K-5)