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On Sale: July 07, 2010
Pages: 176 | ISBN: 978-0-307-75673-2
Published by : Yearling RH Childrens Books
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In 1800, 13-year-old Pierre La Page never imagined he'd be leaving Montreal to paddle 2,400 miles. It was something older men, like his father, did. But when Pierre's father has an accident, Pierre quits school to become a voyageur for the North West Company, so his family can survive the winter. It's hard for Pierre as the youngest in the brigade. From the treacherous waters and cruel teasing to his aching and bloodied hands, Pierre is miserable. Still he has no choice but to endure the trip to Grand Portage and back.

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"No," Charbonneau bellowed.  Pierre closed his eyes, anticipating the shuddering crunch of a canoe shearing through their hull.  When there was no impact, he opened his eyes just in time to see La Londe leap over the side.  Still clinging to the gunwale, the bowman planted both feet on the slippery boulder, grabbed the projecting bow in his hands, and heaved upward.

As the front of the canoe came free, the fierce backpaddling of the middlemen finally took effect.  The stern swung back just as McKay's canoe brushed past, cutting so close that it knocked a paddle out of one man's hand.

In that same instant La Londe lost his footing.  Before anyone could extend a hand or even cry out, he was gone.

One moment he was there, and an instant later there was only the boulder and a white horsetail of water.

Pierre turned to Charbonneau and yelled, "A rope! Get a rope!" but everyone's eyes were already turned downstream, searching for a reason to hope.


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William Durbin teaches English at a high school in Hibbing, Minnesota.
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WINNER 1999 Kentucky Bluegrass Award
WINNER 1998 Great Lakes Book Award

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