TOM PENNY AND THE GRAND CANAL
Volume 12 Number 2
Tom Penny, hero of two previous novels, Tom Penny ¹ (1977) and River Raceme ² (1979), finds himself and his family deeply involved in a scheme to build a Grand Canal up the Ottawa River and through to Georgian Bay. Tom's adventures, discovering a robbery in progress, a wild trip across the American border to bring back some much-needed machinery before the spring thaw, and the unmasking of a brazen swindler, are plausible and exciting. The author captures very well the atmosphere of the times; the story is well written, and the characters believable. Although the geographical details will prove confusing to western readers, this is excellent historic fiction for students who enjoy the genre, a dwindling number, unfortunately. If all such fiction were as well written as this, the trend might well become reversed.
Barbara Conquest, D. S. MacKenzie J. H. S., Edmonton, AB.
¹ Reviewed vol. Vl/3 Summer 1978, p.1l59.
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