Trapper Boy

Trapper Boy

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Set in a 1920s coal-mining town, Trapper Boy is the story of 13-year-old JW Donaldson, a good student with a bright future. As school ended for the year in 1926, JW was looking forward to summer. Sure, he would have chores – feeding the horse and milking the goat, tending the garden, that kind of thing – but he would also have lots of time for fishing, building his cabin and reading. Lots of reading.

But there is something worrying his parents. His father works in the mine, and there is a lot of talk around town about the mines. JW doesn’t know the details – Adults had a lot to worry about, and he was in no hurry to become one.

Slowly, JW’s parents reveal the truth: his father’s hours at the mine have been reduced and they face difficult decisions to try to make ends meet. One such decision will have a previously unimagined impact on the young man’s life.

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See Men of the Deeps perform “Trapper Boy on stage Link here to a series of interviews between Hugh R. MacDonald and Assistant Editor Laura Bast

Read a brief excerpt from Trapper Boy
Listen to a CBC Mainstreet (CB) interview with author Hugh R. MacDonald