Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 15
- Grade: 10
Since 1873, the Mounties have brought the law to the furthest reaches of the Canadian frontier. Sam Steele, the "Lion of the North," was involved in almost every significant event in the Canadian West; James Macleod and James Walsh negotiated peace with the First Nations peoples. Less famous, unsung heroes risked their lives enforcing justice in the Canadian wilds. From stopping the whisky trade to policing the chaotic gold rush and patrolling the lonely North, these true tales of the early days of the Force are sure to amaze and entertain.
About the author
Elle Andra-Warner is a bestselling author, journalist, and photographer. Her award-winning articles appear regularly in major publications, and her newspaper columns have been in print since 1994. She has given journalism workshops throughout Canada, is an online guest lecturer in journalism for the University of California, Los Angeles, and is the co-editor of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society’s annual journal. Estonian by heritage, Elle was born in a post–Second World War United Nations displaced persons camp for Estonians in Eckernforde, West Germany.
The Mounties: Tales of Adventure and Danger from the Early DaysOn May 3, 1873, Sir John A. Macdonald introduced a bill into Parliament creating the NorthWest Mounted Police, whose task was to provide law and order in the enormous North-West Territories, which encompassed the prairies and the North. It was not, however, until the Cypress Hills Massacre that men were recruited to the new force, which would one day become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The NWMP patrolled Canada’s prairies and north, helping create law and order during the Klondike gold rush, and exploring the vast area, along the way making legends of men like Sam Steele.
Andra-Warner is the author of several books including Hudson’s Bay Company Adventures and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2009-2010.
Other titles by Elle Andra-Warner
Lighthouses of Lake Superior's North Shore
The Historic Beacons of Minnesota, Isle Royale and Ontario
The True Adventures of Yukon’s Favourite Bard
The Red Coats' First True Leader
A Life of Adventure and Discovery
Hudson's Bay Company Adventures
Tales of Canada's Fur Traders
Native Chiefs of Ontario
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
The Legendary Great Lakes Disaster
The Mounties (JR)
Tales of Adventure and Danger From the Early Days
Hudson's Bay Company Adventures (JR)
Tales of Canada's Early Fur Traders