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.
"A rich, exciting story of a lively era of Canadian history."
"Canadian history that yound people can encompass and enjoy."
"...the subject is fascinating...the passages settng forth the problems and background of the shantymen are forceful and convincing."
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