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A Barr Colony Adventure
Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 216
Themes: immigration, ships at sea, prairie settlement
Publisher: Coteau Books
Pub Date: 01/05/2011
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Dorothy Bolton and her family are making ends meet in Britain in 1903, but the growing number of stories about vast expanses of fertile, free land have caught the eye of her father and her brother. Her father dreams to have a farm of his own. When young Frank loses his clerk job to a returning Boer War veteran, the Boltons' last good reason for staying where they are is gone with it. They follow the lead of Reverend Isaac Barr, whose stated mission it is to create an exclusively British colony in the new world. In lively language and crystal-clear detail, Anne Patton recreates the Boltons' farewell to friends and family, their journey across the Atlantic in a ship packed with other emigrants on the Barr Colony mission and their journey by train from the Maritimes to the Canadian prairie. Based on interviews with the original Dorothy Bolton, Full Steam to Canada is a novel, but it absolutely is a true story.

Canadian Teacher - November 1, 2011
"An in-depth account of boat and train travel at the turn of the century, as well as a great record of the hardships immigrants had to face when settling our great country."
CM Magazine - October 21, 2011
"Should be popular with fans of historical fiction and useful for middle grade classrooms studying Canadian history."

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