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Children's Fiction Post-confederation (1867-)

On the Case

Canadian Flyer Adventures #12

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

illustrated by Jean-Paul Eid

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
May 2009
Post-Confederation (1867-), Law & Crime
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2009
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2009
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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, evaded slave catchers on the Underground Railroad, and seen the last spike driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway. In On the Case, Matt and Emily arrive in Galbraith's Ferry, British Columbia, in 1888. A gold rush boomtown, Galbraith’s Ferry is simmering with tensions between Aboriginal Peoples and the settlers who encroached on their land trying to strike it rich. Matt and Emily are relieved to find that the imposing figure of Sam Benfield Steele, the burly superintendent of this isolated Wild West outpost, has come riding in to settle tensions and restore order. The Mounties are the only force of law in this place, and it’s said “the Mounties always get their man!” Emily and Matt lend a hand to this legendary figure as he tries to solve a really tough case. But will they be able to stay out of danger, and help the innocent men charged with murder? In this, the 12th 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 Jean-Paul Eid’s action-packed illustrations situate readers in place and time perfectly. At the end of their adventure Emily and Matt share additional facts about East Kootenay, Fort Steele, and the Mounties, 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

JEAN-PAUL EID has worked as an illustrator for 20 years. His works appear in children’s books, textbooks, and magazines. He has also worked in advertising, and with costume designers in the movie industry. He is the author of several award-winning comic strips. He lives in Montreal.

Jean-Paul Eid's profile page

Librarian Reviews

On the Case

In Book 12 of the time travel series Canadian Flyers Adventures Matt and Emily fly their magic sled to Galbraith’s Ferry, BC (present day Fort Steele). It is 1888 and they meet Superintendent Sam Steele of the Northwest Mounted Police. They sit in on a murder investigation, which is based on a real event, being run by Steele. Local prejudice is evident towards the two Ktunaxa men being questioned, but Steele finds no evidence of their guilt. Matt and Emily meet some local bullies, a friendly girl and a skunk. As usual, they have travelled with a digital recorder and a sketchbook to record their adventure.

After the story, Emily and Matt each give their top ten facts about Fort Steele and environs, the Northwest Mounted Police and the Ktunaxa Nation.

Caution: Characters use the term “Indian”.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2012-2013.

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