Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 13
- Grade: 3 to 8
- Reading age: 8 to 13
As Ambush in the Foothills opens, the year is 1877. Jamie and Kate Bains are ready to help their friend, North West Mounted Police constable Patrick McNeil, drive a herd of cattle north to the foothills country of Canada.
It is a wild and dangerous frontier. The cowboys who ride with them are rough and independent men. The restless Blackfoot Nation controls the territory they must cross, and outlaws lurk in the foothills waiting for their opportunity to strike. Only skill, determination, and raw courage will save Kate and Jamie if they hope to make it back to the foothills alive.
Ambush in the Foothills is the ninth book in Bill Freeman's best-selling series of historical novels featuring the Bains family. It is illustrated with photographs of the period showing the people who lived in the West and describing their work and their way of life.
About the author
Bill Freeman is an award-winning author who has written historical fiction for young adults, film scripts, documentaries, theatrical plays, educational videos, and non-fiction books. He specializes in writing about Canada and the Canadian experience.
In the 1960s and '70s Bill lived, worked, and studied in Hamilton. The play Glory Days is part of his exploration of the life of the city and its fascinating history. Bill is perhaps best known as the author of novels for young adults set in Canada in the latter part of the nineteenth century called the Bains Series. He is also well known for his books of popular history. His most recent work, Hamilton: A Peopleâ??s History, surveys the cityâ??s often turbulent history. Many of his books have received high critical acclaim and a number of awards. In recent years Bill has worked in the film industry as a writer and historical consultant. He has been on the creative team of many film projects as writer, narrator, and consultant. The projects include a science series for high school students and Mighty Machines II, a made-for-television project for preschool children. Bill Freeman lives on Toronto Island with his partner Paulette.
Other titles by Bill Freeman
Politics and Participation in Canada
The Mafia, the Media and the Party Machine
The New Urban Agenda
The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
Canada's Fairy-Tale Castle and Its Owner, Sir Henry Pellatt
A Play and History of the '46 Stelco Strike
Hamilton: A People's History
A People's History
A People's History
A Magical Place
Toronto Island and Its People