By Alexis O’Neill
If your kids like kite-flying, bridge-building, or just a challenge, this real-life story will intrigue. The author has chosen an interesting moment in history: the contest to span the Niagara River in order to get the first line across for a bridge. There is little known about the boy who won the contest, but using the facts she has—along with empathy for boys and kite-flying—she has created a wonderfully-told story. The colour illustrations help bring the reader back to a different period in time, giving the feel of harder, plainer times, among hard-working people.
Available from Hamilton Public Library