Published: September 2010
Paperback, 240 pages
Ages 9 - 12
I think my daughter and I were surprised by how much we actually enjoyed reading this book. Written in the form of diary entries, Blood and Iron is a fictional account based on the translated journals of 14 year-old Lee Heen-gwong who came to British Colombia in 1882 to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway along with thousands of other Chinese workers and immigrants. His first-hand perspective renders this account so interesting since not much has been recorded about the history of Chinese people in Canada. The Epilogue mentions that Heen’s great grand-son saved the journals from a stack of old business ledgers being tossed out.
Disclosure: Thanks to Nikole Kritikos from Scholastic Canada for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.