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Children's Fiction Pre-confederation (to 1867)

Dear Canada: A Ribbon of Shining Steel

The Railway Diary of Kate Cameron, Yale, British Columbia, 1882

by (author) Julie Lawson

Independent Publishers Group, Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Jul 2015
Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
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    Publish Date
    Jul 2015
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


Kate's father is a builder for the Canadian Pacific Railway as it snakes across the mountains and through the Fraser Canyon. Everyone is excited about the "Iron Horse", but building the railroad is a treacherous undertaking. Kate is always thinking about her father's safety, and the Accident Hospital next door is a constant reminder of the hazards the railroad brings.

Despite the danger, there is tremendous excitement surrounding the creation of the transcontinental railroad as Kate, her town, and all of Canada eagerly await its completion. Vetted by historical experts, each book in this series contains maps, numerous period illustrations, and an extensive historical note.

About the author

Julie Lawson spent 18 years as an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time author in 1991. Since then, she has published over twenty books for young people, garnering awards and nominations, critical acclaim, and much recognition. Julie divides her time between writing at home and visiting schools and libraries. She has spoken to Roundtable groups, toured for Canadian Children's Book Week, conducted writing workshops, taught university courses on writing children's literature, and been a presenter at conferences for adults and children across North America. She lives in Victoria, B.C.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Dear Canada: A Ribbon of Shining Steel:

"An engaging read for girls. Historic detail about the building of the railway, attitudes toward the Chinese and aboriginal labourers, gender expectations and education make it illuminating." -The Toronto Star

Other titles by Julie Lawson