Shantymen Of Cache Lake by Bill FreemanShantymen Of Cache Lake by Bill Freeman

Shantymen Of Cache Lake

byBill Freeman

Paperback | January 1, 1975

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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.
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...
Title:Shantymen Of Cache LakeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:January 1, 1975Publisher:James Lorimer & Company Ltd., PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:088862090X

ISBN - 13:9780888620903

Appropriate for ages: 7


Rated 1 out of 5 by from snatmen of cache lake rained on my parade I had to read this book for english class. when i read books for reading projects i find it ruins the book. i read the curse of the vikings gragve by myself and it was really good but when i read it for class it was the worst book i have read until now. the shantmen is a dull book that is about canadian history its not my genre but its also not good. my entire class of about thirty all agreed it was a bad book. Message to all authors:::stop making books about canadian history!!!!!!!!! please i m begging you
Date published: 2005-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Best Hello. My name is Dana. I am a 13 year old grade 8 student. I read Shantymen of Cache Lake in school for novel studies. I was very optimistic about reading this book at first cuz as usual i judged the book by its cover. The story takes place in the Ottawa Valley and a place called LaBreton Flats. I was eager to read the book and have it done and over with but as i read on i became more involved with the book. Shantymen of cahce Lake is about a boy named John and his sister Meg. their father was killed at a Shanty and the only way their family could survive was if John and Meg went to work. They asked for jobs at the Shanty where their father had worked and died. After being at the Shanty for a while Meg and John started to noticed the harships they had to face and the unpleasant working hours and orders of the boss. The Union was hard to resist and so John and Meg joined. Though it was hard to continue in the Union John and Meg struggled for their rites as Shanty Workers. The company finally fell to its knees and the Union won. Now i've learned never to judge a book by its cover. It is an inspiring story of bravery and courage and even though you may be smaller than others stand up for what is right!
Date published: 2001-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shantymen of Cache Lake This is an excellent book for children and young teens from about 8 to 14. It's a historical novel set in the Ottawa Valley in the 1870's. It was published in 1975, the first in a series of historical novels written from the point of view of two children in one family - a girl and a boy, in this case Meg & John who are 13 & 14 years old. The story moves well, with an element of mystery, while depicting working class life in the lumber camps of that era, which were an important part of the Canadian experience. Later books in the series take place in different settings that illustrate the gritty reality of life for working people in that period in the context of a good story. The children are strong characters who each take an active role in solving difficult problems and taking on heavier responsibilities than is typical today. My son enjoyed the series as did I, his dad. It's a rare find - highly recommended.
Date published: 2001-02-25

Editorial Reviews

"...the subject is fascinating...the passages setting forth the problems and background of the shantymen are forceful and convincing."