Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 13
- Grade: 3 to 8
- Reading age: 8 to 13
In this historical adventure novel set in the frontier country around London, Ontario, in the 1870s, Meg and Jamie Bains find themselves in the midst of a bitter feud between the gun-toting Ryan brothers, owners of the stagecoach line, and the owners of the railroad. When the railway offers a $200 reward to anyone who can solve the mystery of a horrible railway accident, Mep, determined to win it, comes up with the perfect plan to find the culprit: a race between the stagecoach and the train!
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.
"... powerful and realistic story-telling..."
London Free Press
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
Ambush in the Foothills
A Magical Place
Toronto Island and Its People