Winner of the Governor General's Award, the
Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the
Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the Ruth Schwartz
This powerful, unforgettable and multi-award-winning tale is
based on the lives of the Chinese who settled on the west coast of
North America in the early 1900s.
Left behind in China by her father, who has gone to North
America to find work, Choon-yi has made her living by selling her
paintings in the market. When her father writes one day and asks
her to join him, she joyously sets off, only to discover that he
has been killed. Choon-yi sees the railway and the giant train
engines that her father died for, and she is filled with an urge to
But her work disappoints her until a ghostly presence beckons
her to board the train where she meets the ghosts of the men who
died building the railway. She is able to give them peace by
returning their bones to China where they were born.