206 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.5 in
January 1, 1975
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 088862090X
ISBN - 13: 9780888620903
About the Book
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.
From the Publisher
When John and Meg Bains heard the news of their lumberman father's death, the cold wind shaking their tiny Ottawa cabin grew even colder. If someone didn't soon start bringing in money, they would lose their modest home and find themselves on the town's raw, muddy streets.
They realize that only they can support their family, and head off to a lumber camp in the Ottawa Valley for the winters' season. There they learn the difficult and dangerous work of felling big trees, squaring timber, and readying logs for the drive downriver. They also learn of the tensions that simmer between the owners of the camp and the working shantymen, tensions that threaten to explode. Spring approaches, the river swells with runoff, and the logs start their violent trip along the current. At the same time, the bosses' demands and those of the men seem bound for a collision.
Set against the rough and exciting background of a 19th century lumber camp, Shantymen of Cache Lake is a classic account of two indomitable young people and their gutsy adaptation to hard times. The book is illustrated with photos chronicling Canada's huge and exciting timber trade.
This is the first book in the Bains series of historical novels, well-researched, action-filled narratives following the travels of one family across Canada--from Newfoundland to Alberta-- in search of a better life during the hard times of the 1870s.
About the Author
BILL FREEMAN is an award-winning historian, novelist, and screenwriter. Among his previous publications are Far from Home: Canadians in the First World War, which he co-authored with Richard Nielsen, A Magical Place: Toronto Island and Its People, winner of a Certificate of Commendation from Heritage Toronto in 2000, Casa Loma: Toronto's Fairy-Tale Castle and Its Owner Sir Henry Pellatt, which received the Heritage Toronto Award of Merit in 1999, Their Town: The Mafia, the Media and the Party Machine, co-authored with Marsha Hewitt, a study of political power in Hamilton, and 1005: Political Life in a Union Local. Bill Freeman is also a popular children's author who has won the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for "a body of work" and a Canada Council Award for Juvenile Literature.
"...the subject is fascinating...the passages setting forth the problems and background of the shantymen are forceful and convincing."