Jack Reber. Two ten-year-olds on a class trip to the Erie Canal find themselves transported back in time to the canal of 1829. Dragged aboard a canal boat, the boy and girl experience adventures getting through each day by blending into its tempo and chores while trying to find a way back to the present.
The author imparts an enormous amount of detail about the canal through the story-line, and his colorful characterization brings the story to life boldly.
This novel is at once entertaining and exciting enough to hold youngsters interests and detailed enough to be of use to teachers trying to teach the history of the canal or of the period. Trillium Press, 1991, 108pp., Ages 8+