When author Brenda Ehrmantraut’s brother deployed to Iraq, she knew the extended time away from their father would be hard on her nephews. Her desire to support her family inspired her to write “Night Catch” to help them feel connected. In her book, the playful use of the North Star for a game of catch helps a military dad and his son stay in touch while being a world apart.

When asked about her book, Ehrmantraut said, “I love hearing how parents and grandparents get choked up reading it; it makes me feel like I’ve made a human connection and a tiny little difference.”

Extend Your Learning:

Ask questions about this story.

  • What are some other ways you can stay connected with someone when they are far away?
  • Are there any special games that you play with a parent or sibling that you could recreate if separated by a long distance?
  • If you know a Veteran or an active-duty military member, ask them how they stayed in touch with family and friends while they were deployed.

Listen to the Intake Coordinator at the Cohen Clinic at Valley Cities in Tacoma, Washington read “Night Catch.” The Cohen Veterans Network seeks to improve the quality of life for veterans, including those from the National Guard and Reserves, active duty, and their families. 


Read about how the book has made a difference for military children!

If you are one of our central Ohio neighbors, check out the book at your local branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library or search WorldCat.org to find the book in a library near you!

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