A compelling Young Adult novel based on the folk hero, Albert "Ginger" Goodwin, also known as "Red" Goodwin from the colour of his hair and his radical social ideas.

Goodwin was originally a coal miner from the north of England, who came to Canada and took up the cause of the working man during the Trail smelter strike and at the coal mines on the west coast of British Columbia. His ideas were eventually considered so dangerous that a special constable was hired to hunt him down in the forest near Cumberland on Vancouver Island. 

After his father is killed in the First World War, Will Ryan is sent out from England to live with his
mine-manager uncle in Cumberland. Through a chance meeting in the forest with Red Goodwin, young Will has all his ideas turned upside down, especially when he sees first-hand how the miners are treated in the community and at the pit face.

Soon Will finds himself caught between the demands of his uncle, his loyalty to the memory of his father, and the new vision of Goodwin who argues that the European war between Britain and Germany has parallels with the war between the mine owners and the mine workers. In an exciting story, filled with sudden turns and tragic events, young Will discovers that he must make a choice, a choice that will change his life forever. (Age 10 and up)

NOTE: For those who like connections, Will Ryan reappears as Ted's pacifist father in 1936 in Lost in Spain

"…the story is exciting and filled with twists and tragedy and brings the attitudes of an era to life…both instructive and engaging." British Columbia History

"…a great novel; one that would be especially enjoyed by history-lovers and readers who enjoy stories with much personal dilemma." Whatif Magazine

"This novel draws the reader into the conflicting forces that tear at Will's mind, feeling in turn empathy for the Chinese workers (and) for Red Goodwin and the men hiding in the bush…Morag and Jimmy demand Will examine his own actions and ideals, and, in the process, challenge the reader…John Wilson…captures the stratified life in a mining town in a historically accurate way. Highly Recommended." CM Magazine. 


A masterful storyteller.” Globe & Mail 

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