Racing Home by Adele Dueck

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Erik never wanted to leave his grandfather's farm, and the memory of his dead father, in Norway. But in Canada he and his family can have their own farm, so Erik, his mother, and his sister Elsa journey by steamship and train to the Canadian west with Rolf, their mother's new husband. Erik thinks he is old enough to look after the family - his mother didn't need a new husband for that. To make matters worse, 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. The farm isn't what they expected - it's just wide open prairie. Erik does a man's work, helping Rolf break land and build a sod house. Rolf's brother lives in the nearby town, with his wife and their son, Olaf. Olaf looks a whole lot like Rolf, but for some reason won't talk to him, and seems to resent Erik as well. What's going on here? The boys finally start to get along, mostly through their shared efforts to save Tapper, an injured horse they keep from being shot by its owner. 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.

About Adele Dueck

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Adele Dueck's books for children include Nettie s Journey, from Coteau's "From Many Peoples" series, and Anywhere But Here, which was a finalist for the Young Readers' Choice Awards in Ontario and Manitoba. Her fiction has appeared in several children's anthologies, while her magazine articles often about the humorous side of rural living have been published in Western People, Farm Woman, Grainews, and Canadian Living. Born in Outlook, Saskatchewan, Adele lived in Drake, Lanigan and Saskatoon before moving to Lucky Lake, where she lives now.
Published August 1, 2011 by Coteau Books for Kids. 192 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Soon Erik discovers what Rolf told his mother but not him—he has a son from his first marriage, raised by his brother after Rolf's wife died, and it's really Olaf, now nearly grown, that Rolf traveled all this way to see.

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