Young Canaller


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Gerry Stafford. A delightful and engaging children’s historical fiction about the life of a young lad who worked upon the Erie Canal in 1831.

“In 1831, Kevin Cullane and his father left their farm in Ireland and boarded a ship bound for America. After arriving at the port of New York City, Kevin is offered the job of driving the horses that pull the packet boat, Gypsy Queen, on the Erie Canal. While working on the canal, he makes new friends and faces many challenges, including helping runaway slaves escape to freedom in Canada. Although Captain Stoddard, the harsh captain of the Gypsy Queen, makes life difficult, Kevin resolves to continue working for him to keep a promise he made to his father” Carlisle Press, 2012 60pp