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Children's Fiction Post-confederation (1867-)

All Aboard!

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

illustrated by Leanne Franson

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2008
Post-Confederation (1867-), General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4


Since discovering the Canadian Flyer, a magical time-traveling sled, in Emily's attic, Matt and Emily have outrun dinosaurs in the Alberta badlands, seen the Silver Dart fly high in Nova Scotia's skies, and evaded slave catchers on the Underground Railroad. In All Aboard!, the sled lands in British Columbia in 1885. The Canadian Pacific Railway is almost complete, which means Canada will finally be linked from coast to coast. William Van Horne, Donald Smith, and Sanford Fleming gather in Craigellachie for the Last Spike Ceremony, but will Emily and Matt make it in time for the historic occasion? Will they be able to help reunite their new friend Edward Mallandaine with his friend Alex, an injured railroad worker? In this, the ninth book in the popular Canadian Flyer Adventures series, author Frieda Wishinsky weaves well-researched and accurate historical facts into her compelling, kid-friendly storytelling, while Leanne Franson’s evocative illustrations situate readers perfectly in place and time. At the end of their adventure, Emily and Matt share additional facts about the Canadian Pacific Railway, black bears, and railroad working conditions, and Wishinsky gives additional facts here too, in an informative Q&A format.

About the authors


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

Frieda Wishinsky's profile page

LEANNE FRANSON first studied Fine Arts at Concordia University. After working as a dishwasher, massage therapist, short-order cook, waitress, foot courier, and clerk at a fine arts materials shop, she decided to devote herself to illustrating children's books. She has done work for Soulières Éditeur, Annick Press, Scholastic, Les éditions de la courte échelle, Canadian Living Magazine, Bayard Canada, and many more. Originally from Regina, SK, she lives with her son, two cats, and her Saint-Bernard in Montreal.

Leanne Franson's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Frieda Wishinsky and Leanne Franson do a fantastic job recreating the sights, sounds, and smells from this period of time and particular location…Thanks to the Canadian Flyer Adventures series, all young readers can be eyewitnesses to the highlights from Canada’s past."

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

"This time-travel adventure is fast paced, bringing the historic moment of the last spike into context for young readers."

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Other titles by Frieda Wishinsky

Other titles by Leanne Franson