After travelling thousands of miles, Dorothy Bolton is still getting used to her new home in Canada — and on the prairies no less. The Barr Colonists who arrived with Dorothy and her family are getting restless. Fires and floods consume homes and resources, and many promises made to them before leaving England have proven false.
But Dorothy's father has always dreamed of having his own farm. So, with the help of Dorothy, her family, and a community that comes together despite their different backgrounds, the Bolton's set out to create a life for themselves on the vast prairie landscape.
Anne Patton's award-winning books for children include Coteau's Full Steam to Canada, as well as Fiddle Dancer and Dancing in My Bones — books that explore Metis culture through the world of dance — and Song Lei in a New Land, about a Chinese girl who arrives in the Queen City (Regina) expecting to find a queen. Fiddle Dancer was nominated for a Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, while Dancing in My Bones was the recipient of the 2010 Moonbeam Spirit Award. Full Steam to Canada is the winner of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild John V Hicks Unpublished Long Manuscript Award.
Born in Ontario, Anne Patton taught elementary school for many years, before retirement launched her into her career as a prolific children's author.