Monday, November 19, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Racing Home

Today’s pick:  Racing Home by Adele Dueck

Cocteau Books, 2011

From Amazon:

Erik never wanted to leave his grandfather's farm, and the memory of his dead father, in Norway. But in Canada his family can have their own farm, so Erik, his mother, and his older sister Elsa journey to the Canadian west with Rolf, their mother's new husband, Rolf. Rolf is a hard man to talk to and even harder to get to know. And he's keeping a secret from his new family. Erik does a man's work, helping Rolf break land and build a sod house. Rolf's brother and his son Olaf live in the nearby town. Olaf looks a lot like Rolf, but for some reason won't talk to him, and seems to resent Erik as well. The boys start to get along through their shared efforts to save Tapper, an injured horse. Tapper gets well enough to be entered in a local horserace and turns out to be a real winner. "Tapper" is the Norwegian word for "brave," and Erik really must be "tapper" to face all the challenges of his new life and be a winner himself.

My Take:

I was attracted to this book because I enjoy reading pioneer stories. Most of the stories I’ve read are from the perspective of a girl main character, so it was interesting to read this one from the point of view of a boy. The story contained lots of details about how early settlers lived on the prairie, including living in a sod house, snaring game and looking after a farm. The characters in this novel were realistic, with family issues that kept my attention through the story (as well as some shady criminal activity).

How I discovered this book:
I found this book when browsing in the library.

Other info:
Adele Dueck is a Canadian author. She has spent many years working on her farm in the province of Saskatchewan.

She began writing children’s books when she saw how few books there were set on farms, especially in the Canadian prairies.
This book has been nominated for the British Columbia Red Cedar Award for 2012/2013, won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Children's Literature and was a finalist in the 2012 High Plains Book Awards.  

Other books written by this author include:
The New Calf, 2007, easy-to-read
Nettie’s Journey, 2005, easy-to-read
Anywhere But Here, 1996

For more, visit Adele Dueck’s website.


  1. I love finding books at the library. Sadly, I have a reading schedule now that I'm blogging so don't get there as much. Thanks for sharing about another book I hadn't heard of.

    1. Natalie, when I read about a good book online, I check the library and put it on hold if it's there. Right now I have a giant stack of books that I don't have time to read!

  2. I love your spotlights on Canadian authors. Thank you!

  3. I haven't read enough books by international authors, or with international settings and flavor. Thanks for highlighting a unique read for my list.

    1. I like to read books set in other countries, and so does one of my daughters.

  4. This sounds like a great MMGM. I haven't read anything about pioneers in Canada, so I will have to check it out!

  5. Definitely wasn't on my radar. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Haven't heard of this one, so thanks for bringing it to our attention. And the cover's gorgeous.

  7. This book is new to me. It sounds great! I love horses and HF- so this appeals to me. Thanks for sharing. :)


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