Recognition for Racing Home
“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