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Billy Higgins Rides the Freights

by Gloria Montero
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 15
  • Grade: 3 to 8
tagged: country life

Billy Higgins and his family have a good life in Vancouver. His father is a skilled working man--a tool and die cutter--and while they aren't rich they are comfortable, and happy.
But when the Great Depression strikes and Billy's dad loses his job, everything changes. Billy's forced to quit school and look for work to help support his family, and …

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First Spring on the Grand Banks

by Bill Freeman
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 13
  • Grade: 3 to 8
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In this exciting tale set in the 1870s, John and Meg Bains and their friend Canso arrive in Nova Scotia to find that Canso's father has died and his schooner seized for debts. Refused credit for a fishing trip by the merchant Hunter, they take the schooner and flee to Tower Rock, Newfoundland, intending to make enough money fishing to repay the de …