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Billy Higgins Rides the Freights Gloria Montero

Billy Higgins Rides the Freights

Gloria Montero

Published January 1st 1982
ISBN : 9780888625793
Paperback
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 About the Book 

Billy Higgins and his family have a good life in Vancouver. His father is a skilled working man--a tool and die cutter--and while they arent rich they are comfortable, and happy.But when the Great Depression strikes and Billys dad loses his job,MoreBilly Higgins and his family have a good life in Vancouver. His father is a skilled working man--a tool and die cutter--and while they arent rich they are comfortable, and happy.But when the Great Depression strikes and Billys dad loses his job, everything changes. Billys forced to quit school and look for work to help support his family, and soon finds himself one of thousands of unemployed men--young and old--wandering listlessly through the citys downtown. Billy works odd jobs delivering newspapers and running errands for the unions that are trying to relieve the mens suffering, and soon decides he has to do something to make change.He joins a movement of men riding the rails to Ottawa to bring their plight to the attention of the government. Along the way Billy learns a lot--about the Depression and about himself--but when the men reach Regina theyre taught an especially bitter lesson.Billy Higgins Rides the Freights is the story of one young man coming of age in the brutal years of Canadas Great Depression.