The Dreadful Truth: Building the Railway

by Ted Staunton

illustrated by Brian Goff

This irreverent and witty book describes the building of Canada's railway. Author Ted Staunton serves up a saucy tour through Canada's railway fiasco.
This irreverent and witty book describes the building of Canada's railway. Author Ted Staunton serves up a saucy tour through the railway fiasco beginning in the 1850s with the first attempts at running a steam engine on a short length of track.
With cartoon-style illustrations on every page, this book uncovers the scandals about government financing, as well as the to-ing and fro-ing about the route around the Great Lakes and the arduous labour, rotten boots and hallucinations. In place of a tedious textbook, this is history designed to entertain.

About the Author

Ted Staunton

TED STAUNTON divides his time between writing and a busy schedule as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. His previous books include the well-loved Green Applestreet Gang series, the Cyril and Maggie series, the Morgan series, Puddleman, Simons Surprise and the acclaimed Hope Springs a Leak. He has received numerous Canadian Childrens Book Centre "Our Choice" awards, a Silver Birch Award nomination and a Hackmactack Award nomination.

Reviews

"... a tale of corruption, political intrigue and natural disasters ... [that would definitely appeal to ... boys ... and even to the most reluctant reader."
Myra Junyk, Resource Links

Awards

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection
2007

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