Ticket to Curlew

Ticket to Curlew

Written by: Lottridge, Celia
ages 8 to 12 / grades 3 to 7

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Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

It is 1915, and Sam Ferrier and his father arrive by train in Curlew, Alberta, to build a new home for the family. When they finally reach their parcel of land, Sam can see nothing but endless stretches of grassland and blue sky. It is nothing like their old home in Iowa, and he wonders why his restless father ever decided to bring the family to this lonely, barren land.

In time, though, the house is built, and the rest of the family joins them. Gradually Sam discovers that there is much more to the flat and featureless prairie than he realized -- gleaming white skulls, torrential thunderstorms and, best of all, a new friend and a brave, resourceful horse named Prince.

Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

It is 1915, and Sam Ferrier and his father arrive by train in Curlew, Alberta, to build a new home for the family. When they finally reach their parcel of land, Sam can see nothing but endless stretches of grassland and blue sky. It is nothing like their old home in Iowa, and he wonders why his restless father ever decided to bring the family to this lonely, barren land.

In time, though, the house is built, and the rest of the family joins them. Gradually Sam discovers that there is much more to the flat and featureless prairie than he realized -- gleaming white skulls, torrential thunderstorms and, best of all, a new friend and a brave, resourceful horse named Prince.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Aug 1, 2007
Specifications 144 pages | 5.13 in x 7.69 in
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Written By Celia Barker Lottridge is a writer and storyteller who has written several highly acclaimed children's books. Born in Iowa and raised in the United States, Celia now lives in Toronto.
Written By
Celia Barker Lottridge is a writer and storyteller who has written several highly acclaimed children's books. Born in Iowa and raised in the United States, Celia now lives in Toronto.
Audience ages 8 to 12 / grades 3 to 7

Winner, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 1992

Winner, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 1993

Long-listed, OLA Silver Birch Award, 1994

“With believable characters and an intriguing setting, this novel provides insights into the resourcefulness, hard work, and satisfaction of pioneers on the prairie.” —Booklist