11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2004
this is an absolutely amazing tale of a young family in the scottish highlands forced off their land during the highland clearances and the deperate journey they undergo to make a new life for themselves.
first is the struggle to make ends meet in glasgow where a proud father is forced to depend on his children to bring home the money by working long and tiring hours in the cotton mills before begining a long trip to the new colonies in canada.
the new life in canada promises much but they find themselves having to fight for the land once they get there before finally finding peace and happiness in the new land.
this is a read for all ages and i would recommend it for all to read.
on 17 June 2011
This is a book for older children but I, as an adult, learnt so much. It is a story about the Clearances in Scotland and the tale of a family's journey first to Orkney and then across the ocean to the Winnipeg area of Canada. I bought the book as I was visiting Canada and I discovered that the story is all based on facts as an area of land in the Red River was purchased by the Earl of Selkirk for Scottish families forced to be emigrants by the Clearances. I assume that their journey is also based on fact as they travelled right up north through Hudson Bay and then south along the river for 29 days before they reached the area where Winnipeg now stands. What an amazing journey!
on 28 May 2014
Fantastic story, giving Scottish school pupils an insight in to how Scotland once was- history,geography, food and farming, mapwork. Brilliant link to Scotland and the Homecoming this year , our inter-disciplinary learning context!