Blood and Iron

Blood and Iron

Building the Railway

Book - 2010
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The incredible sacrifices made by Chinese workers building the transcontinental railway are revealed in this powerful novel.

Heen's father and grandfather have brought their family in China to the brink of ruin with their gambling habits. To solve their money troubles, Heen and his father come to Canada to build the railway - a decision plagued by disaster.

The living conditions provided for workers are wretched and work on the railway is excruciating. Transporting tons of gravel and working in tunnels about to be dynamited proves to be deadly for many of his co-workers. Soon the friction between the Chinese workers and the whites, who barely acknowledge these deaths, reaches a fevered pitch. As an added stress, Heen's father has found some men to gamble with, which puts all of their earnings at risk.

Heen's only solace is his journal, where his chilling observations of the injustice and peril heaped upon the workers serve as an important testament to this dramatic era in Canadian history.

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9780545985932
Branch Call Number: J YEE
Characteristics: 233 p. : ill., map ; 18 cm

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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

1800s CE . A dark story based upon the history of the Chinese workers brought over to Canada to build the railway. Gambling debts bring Heen and his family to Canada where they struggle against horrific working conditions and racism.

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