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On the Trail of the Bushman

128 pages
Junior Canadian Ranger Tommy Toner has a terrible secret. During the annual JCR summer camp in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, he plays a prank which has unexpected and destructive results. Ashamed and afraid of what people will think, he keeps quiet, even though the guilt eats away at him. Tommy and his old friends Colly and Jaz team up to take part in a JCR competition at camp. They decide to search on horseback for the legendary Bushman, a Sasquatch-like creature who has been sighted near Whitehorse. But is the Bushman real or is he simply a terrifying creature of myth and legend? What Tommy and his friends discover puts all their lives in danger, and only the truth can save them.
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On the Trail of the Bushman
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On the Trail of the Bushman Anita Daher
Text copyright © 2009 Anita Daher
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Daher, Anita, 1965  On the trail of the bushman / written by Anita Daher.
(Orca young readers) ISBN 9781554690138
 I. Title. II. Series: Orca young readers
PS8557.A35O5 2009 jC813'.6 C20099000202
First published in the United States, 2009 Library of Congress Control Number: 2008943723
Summary: Junior Canadian Ranger Tommy Toner has a secret, and his guilt is eating away at him and putting his friends in danger.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
Cover artwork by Glenn Bernabe Author photo by Sara Daher
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For my moer and aer, and eîr ove o advenure, wîc îneced me îke a vîrus—bu a good one—drîvîng me o spend my îe gorgîng wenever and werever possîbe on new sîgs, sounds, cuures and experîences. îe îs beauîu. I undersand îs because o em.
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Chapter One
“Everyone ge dressed and ge ou!” Capaîn Conrad spoke urgeny as e Lîpped on e îgs and woke e boys în Tommy Toner’s bunkouse. Ousîde, aarms were soundîng and peope were souîng. he sme o smoke was overpowerîng. “Is e camp on ire, Capaîn Conrad?” Tommy asked, sakîng of seep. “I’s e cookouse, bu we’re worrîed î mîg spread. Foow me, boys! We’ orm a bucke brîgade unî e ire deparmen ges ere!” Tommy was bunkîng wî îeen oer Junîor Canadîan Rangers—JCRs or sor—ed by e Canadîan Rangers. he Canadîan Rangers were known as e “eyes and ears” o Canada’s Nor. he JCRs
were e organîzaîon’s you group. Tommy ad arrîved ree days ago as one o 185 boys and gîrs rom across e Nor ucky enoug o aend e annua JCR summer camp în Wîeorse, Yukon Terrîory. Rîg now Tommy dîdn’ ee very ucky. A Lyîng pîow o îs ead knocked îm back o îs senses. “Come on, Tommy!” îs rîend Coy soued.“Ge î ogeer!” “Rîg!” Tommy saîd wî a quîck smîe. he sîu-aîon was serîous, bu Tommy coudn’ ep smîîng.He aways smîed. He was e ype o person wo smîed because î was sunny or because e was ou în îs boa. Everyone knew a abou îm. He was jus a appy Inuvîauî boy rom e sma norern commu-nîy o Tukoyakuk on Canada’s Arcîc coas. Bu e was absouey serîous rîg now, despîe e quîck smîe. I was jus îs way o sayîng “I ear you.” Wî ear poundîng and bood racîng, e quîcky pued on îs coes and oowed Coy and e oer boys ou e door o a îne o JCRs a sreced up rom e rîver. Even oug î was e mîdde o e nîg, ere was sî peny o îg. Wen e Juy sun dîd dîsappear în îs par o e Nor, î wasn’
or ong. Tommy and îs bunkmaes joîned e îne cose o e ire. Capaîn Conrad and oer Rangers passed ou waer-soaked srîps o co or e JCRs o wrap around eîr eads and aces. hen e Rangers ook eîr paces coses o e Lames. Wî Rangers souîng însrucîons down eac îne, waer sosed orward oward e cookouse, wîc was compeey engued în Lames. Tommy’s eyes burned rom e smoke as e passed eac bucke orward, bu e made sure e we co was we wrapped around îs ace. “Capaîn Conrad!” Coy soued rom beînd îm, îs voîce sîgy muled by îs makesît bandana. “ook!” Tommy ooked were Coy was poînîng. Nex o e cookouse, ire was îckîng up e roo o e games u! he wînd mus ave carrîed e Lames rom one buîdîng o e nex. Tommy knew wîou beîng od a î ey dîdn’ work as, e same îng coud appen o a e oer buîdîngs în e camp! “My eam, orm anoer îne!” Capaîn Conrad soued. Tommy eard anoer Ranger sou e same îng down e îne. Now ey ad wo înes o JCRs. hey spaced emseves so a ey were