Once you board The Boundless, you won’t want to stop until the train reaches its destination! Kenneth Oppel‘s fast-paced adventure rolls across the Canadian landscape with help from seven miles of moving train cars during the Era of Steam Travel.
Once again, Oppel proves himself to be one of the premier writers of action and adventure for a middle-grade audience…
– The Horn Book on The Boundless
Look for The Boundless via the library, including library loan on eBook with the OverDrive app (free digital download), or get your copy from Valley Bookseller, with the paperback edition newly available on Tuesday, May 5. Deep Blue Readers will meet Sunday, May 31 at 1:30pm, out on the patio outside The Daily Grind if weather allows. With the return of warm weather, remember parking for Valley Bookseller patrons is adjacent to the store with extra dedicated space across Water Street near the St. Croix River.
The Boundless earned starred reviews from Kirkus and Canada’s Quill & Quire, in addition to being recognized recently as an E.B. White Read Aloud Honor book for middle grades fiction. It is shortlisted for the Red Maple Award through the Ontario Library Association and the CLA Book of the Year for Children.
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Grab some popcorn and tour The Boundless with this sneak peek from Harper Collins, or watch the book trailer on YouTube.
Will Everett waits at the platform, sketchbook in hand, not knowing what the future will bring as his father helps lay the final stretch of Canada’s first railway connecting East with West. Chance introduces him to Maren, a mysterious wire-walker, and to the powerfully wealthy Cornelius Van Horne — his dad’s boss — just as the final spike is driven into the ground. Fast forward three years and Will knows a secret that threatens to derail the train’s maiden voyage, a secret some might kill to have. Avalanche, circus performers, deception, hidden treasure, Sasquatch, and a dangerous race from the caboose to the powerful locomotive will keep readers on the edge of their seats!
- Get introduced to author Kenneth Oppel, one of Canada’s leading authors for young adults, as he answers Nineteen Questions.
- Kenneth Oppel discusses his love of trains with the UK’s Federation of Children’s Book Groups and explains the eerie inspiration for the muskeg that lures Will as he journeys on The Boundless.
- The Book Wars explores The Boundless car by car with this in-depth review, and Charis Cotter reviews The Boundless for Canada’s National Reading Campaign.
- Hear it in the author’s words thanks to this excellent WordFest podcast interview.
- The Canadian Encyclopedia and Canada Pacific Railway offer a historical look at trains’ significance to our northern neighbor.
- Get to know the real Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, a visionary entrepreneur who saw the railway as having even greater potential than getting from here to there.