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Shantymen of Cache Lake

by (author) Bill Freeman

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 1975
Recommended Age
7 to 15
Recommended Grade
3 to 8
Recommended Reading age
7 to 15
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1975
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1975
    List Price

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This is the story of 14-year-old John Bains and his sister Meg, 13, and the winter they spend working in alumber camp in the Ottawa Valley. Their father has been killed and they have to find work to support their family. After a long and adventurous trip, the two reach the camp to find it torn by tension between the forman and the lumbermen. Meg and John are drawn into the fight as the work alongside the shantymen. The story reaches a dramatic end with the dangerous and exciting log drive down the Ottawa River.

About the author

Bill Freeman is an award-winning author who has written historical fiction for young adults, film scripts, documentaries, theatrical plays, educational videos, and non-fiction books. He specializes in writing about Canada and the Canadian experience.

In the 1960s and '70s Bill lived, worked, and studied in Hamilton. The play Glory Days is part of his exploration of the life of the city and its fascinating history. Bill is perhaps best known as the author of novels for young adults set in Canada in the latter part of the nineteenth century called the Bains Series. He is also well known for his books of popular history. His most recent work, Hamilton: A Peopleâ??s History, surveys the cityâ??s often turbulent history. Many of his books have received high critical acclaim and a number of awards. In recent years Bill has worked in the film industry as a writer and historical consultant. He has been on the creative team of many film projects as writer, narrator, and consultant. The projects include a science series for high school students and Mighty Machines II, a made-for-television project for preschool children. Bill Freeman lives on Toronto Island with his partner Paulette.

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"Canadian history that yound people can encompass and enjoy."

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