Young Will’s father leads an adventurous life building the Canadian Pacific Railroad. But Will longs for an adventure of his own. When the manager of the CPR invites Will to ride the train to meet his father, he tells Will, “It would make a good story, don’t you think? And it’s always good to have a story of your own.”
Will’s decision to accept the invitation sets in motion a chain of events that lead him to a journey three years later on the Boundless, the longest train in the world.
After Will witnesses a murder, he survives the onslaught of villains and fantastical creatures with the help of members of a circus community traveling on the train. He also encounters injustice, especially the ill treatment of aboriginal peoples by white people.
This fast-paced juvenile novel, which contains several instances of profanity, combines historical events, fantasy, and subtle social commentary. Ages 10 and up. (HarperCollins)