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Young Adult Fiction Canada

The Rumrunner's Boy

by (author) E.R. Yatscoff

BWL Publishing Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
Canada, Mysteries & Detective Stories
Recommended Age
10 to 18
Recommended Grade
5 to 12
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
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Canadians are only too happy to supply liquor to thirsty Americans during U.S. Prohibition. Jarrod Hooker, 17, steps in for his injured father on a rum running crew smuggling liquor across Lake Erie. It’s a lucrative job they cannot afford to lose. Jarrod’s young age is resented by the rumrunners and they set out to sabotage him and confiscate his father’s boat. Carving out respect for himself among rough men will take a mighty effort. But Ill winds begin to blow across the lake when money from liquor shipments goes missing and the U.S. Coast Guard steps up smuggling patrols. Worse yet, an American gangster, a rogue from the notorious Purple Gang, tries to seize control of the operation. Whatever happens on the next run will change everything for everyone. Amid sabotage and bullets flying, Jarrod must put his trust in a very dangerous man. Although Canada is only a few miles offshore, it may as well be a world away.

About the author

Edward Yatscoff was born in the Niagara Peninsula and now resides in Alberta, Canada.  He’s backpacked the world, visited six continents, and lived in Australia.  From steelworker to assembly lines to construction work he finally settled down to a 32-year career as a firefighter.  He’s played drums in a Big Band, climbed the Great Wall of China, honeymooned during the Grenada Revolution, snorkeled with a marlin, tried smuggling a Playboy into Communist Russia, egged an Aussie PM, and met his future wife on a freighter in the South China Sea.  He manages a writer’s group, does occasional renos, travels, camps, and reads profusely.  He has written 11 novels YA, MG, and adult crime.  Among his notable awards are winner of the John Bilsland Non-Fiction Award and a Crime Writers of Canada Finalist.  Visit his website and read some short stories    

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Editorial Reviews

A wild ride with Lake Erie’s rumrunners. Guns, gangsters, smuggling, and a teen who gets thrown into the maelstrom. ‘A wild ride with Lake Erie’s rumrunners. Guns, gangsters, smuggling, and a teen who gets thrown into the maelstrom. The era of rumrnning comes to life!


User Reviews

Historical crime fiction

Was trying to find some fiction on Canadian rumrunners and found this gem. It's rated as YA but I enjoyed it. It's a coming of age story with a good character and an adventurous. It was a Crime Writers of Canada Finalist