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Canada Moves West

Canada Moves West    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 1-894856-74-0
Pages 244
Language English only
Price on sale $12.95 (reduced from $19.95)
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Written by Pierre Berton.
Published by Fifth House Ltd., 2005.


The first omnibus in the Pierre Berton's History for Young Canadians series, Canada Moves West is a rousing collection of nonfiction books for pre-teens and teens that describes how, back in the days of the pioneers, the Canadian west was won — with blood, sweat, tears, and sheer determination. The stories read like novels, with exciting story lines and vivid characters.

Pierre Berton's ability to infuse history and its characters with the excitement, personality, and immediacy of contemporary events is unsurpassed. He relishes in the gritty adventures of the railway pathfinders who fought their way from the gnarled rocks of the Canadian Shield to the Pacific Ocean, blazing a trail for the railroad. Here also are the epic tales of immigrants from Eastern Europe who braved hardship and discrimination to settle on the wide open spaces of the Canadian prairies.

And Berton does not forget to include those whose lives were changed forever by the railway: the Cree and Blackfoot peoples, lead by Chiefs Piapot, Big Bear and Crowfoot.

Included in this omnibus are the previously published books:
  1. The Railway Pathfinders
  2. The Men in Sheepskin Coats
  3. A Prairie Nightmare
  4. Steel Across the Plains
  5. Steel Across the Shield
Illustrated with black-and-white photographs.

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