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Li Jun and the Iron Road

By Anne Tait, Paulette Bourgeois (With)

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Format: Paperback, 210 pages
Other Information: colour illustrations
Published In: Canada, 28 November 2015
Little Tiger's father left for Canada years ago, never to be heard from again. When her dying mother sends Little Tiger to find him, she finds work on the Canadian railway, disguised as a man. Threatened by prejudice on all sides, Little Tiger's troubles reach a breaking point when the privileged son of a railway tycoon takes an interest in her.

About the Author

Paulette Bourgeois is a former occupational therapist and journalist, and a writer of award-winning fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. She is best known as the co-creator of Franklin the Turtle. Bourgeois is a member of the Order of Canada. She lives in Toronto.

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"Iron Road" rivals in significance to what "The Pianist" means to Jews living with memories after the persecutions during World War II. Action and romance what more do you want "Iron Road" rivals "The Pianist" in significance...both stories give a face to those nameless and voiceless who perished. - Toronto Star" "Li Jun" epitomizes the feminist dream of equality. An important novel, essential reading for anyone interested in the early history of Canada. - The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, Canada's first Chinese-Canadian senator The novel s strength lies in its depiction of the miserable working conditions endured by the Chinese workers who built Canada's railways in the 1880s. As well, through the eyes of a young woman, readers see the discrimination against Chinese people in Canada and the circumscribed roles for women at that time [a] worthy addition to schools and public libraries. - Canadian Materials" History comes to life in this gripping page-turner as the spirited heroine searches for her father in Gold Mountain. - Arlene Chan, Chinese Historian and Author This is the best kind of historical fiction, in which the story wells up through the actions of powerful characters, and stunning landscapes both in China and in Canada grip readers with terrifying possibilities that keep them glued to the page. - Resource Links Ending with an exciting climax of discovery and reconciliation, Li Jun and the Iron Road vividly describes a darker time in Canadian history while one of our greatest technological achievements of nationhood was being created. - Canadian Teacher Magazine The novel's strength lies in its depiction of the miserable working conditions endured by the Chinese workers who built Canada's railways in the 1880s. As well, through the eyes of a young woman, readers see the discrimination against Chinese people in Canada and the circumscribed roles for women at that time ... [a] worthy addition to schools and public libraries. - Canadian Materials Li Jun epitomizes the feminist dream of equality. An important novel, essential reading for anyone interested in the early history of Canada. - The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, Canada's first Chinese-Canadian senator Action and romance--what more do you want Iron Road rivals The Pianist in significance...both stories give a face to those nameless and voiceless who perished. - Toronto Star

EAN: 9781459731424
ISBN: 1459731425
Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.1 centimetres (0.22 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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