Racing Home

 
Racing Home Cover
 
Erik doesn’t want to leave his grandfather’s farm in Norway and come to Canada and he certainly doesn’t want his mother to marry Rolf. Unfortunately Erik doesn’t get a choice. The only thing that makes the move bearable is the knowledge that in Canada they can have a farm.
 
It’s June of 1908. European settlement of Saskatchewan has barely begun. When Erik and Rolf arrive at their new farm, there is nothing there but grass.
 
Erik works harder than he ever has, helping to build a sod house, hunting, fishing and turning their piece of prairie into a home.
 
But it isn’t only the work that is difficult.  Understanding the silent Rolf is always a challenge. Erik finds it easier to get along with Rolf’s brother and his wife.
 
The best part of all is riding his cousin Olaf’s horse, Tapper. 
 
 Read the first chapter here.
 

Recognition for Racing Home

Nominated for B.C.’s Red Cedar Award 2012-2013.
Winner of Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature for 2011.
Finalist for the High Plains Book Awards 2012 in the category of Best Woman Writer.
Resource Links names Racing Home one of The Year’s Best for 2011, grades 3 to 6.
Ontario Library Association names Racing Home one of their Best Bets for Children’s Literature 2011.

Reviews

“Showing the adeptness of an experienced writer, Dueck plants pieces of the plot like breadcrumbs throughout the text, leaving a careful trail for readers to follow. With a dialogue that includes choice phrases in Norwegian, the story unfolds to tell of a family’s transition to a place where oxen and sod shacks are common, where breaking the land takes sweat and tears, and where doctors are hard to come by – unless you can ski to town and beg relatives for help.”  Saskatoon Star Phoenix  June 2, 2012

 “…Dueck brings the time period and unique settler experience to life in a way that makes it real to modern readers…  Readers will be drawn into the story by the characters and kept there by the powerful history of life on the prairies.  Highly Recommended.” CM…November, 2011  3.5 stars/4

 “Building a sod house, digging a well, breaking the sod, ploughing the fields, fishing and snaring rabbits to supplement the diet are all skills that the reader learns about as Erik and his family adjust to their new life. This book would well support the study of pioneer life on the prairies, immigration to Canada, and many other areas of the Social Studies curriculum at multiple grade levels.”   Canadian Teacher Magazine November/December 2011

“…a very touching, emotional story that will leave its reader wanting more.  Recommended.” SW Ohio and Neighbouring Libraries, CLEAR Review, October 2011.

A deliberate look at Norwegian immigrants on the Canadian prairie recalls Sarah, Plain and Tall for a slightly older audience…. This tale draws its grace from the fine, detailed portrait of immigrants making their way in a new world.”  Kirkus Reviews, April, 2011

“Author Adele Dueck skillfully weaves Norwegian culture and heritage into this coming-of-age story set during the Prairie pioneer days… children of all ages are sure to root for Erik as he grows and changes right along with the prairie seasons.”  Saskatchewan Publishers Group, August 2011

“This book gives a good picture of what it was like living on the Prairies in the early 20th century. The interdependence of the community, the lack of schooling, the responsibilities placed on young people, the struggle with language for immigrants, and long hours of physical labour were all vital for survival.”  Resource Links, June 2011