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In this novel, Bowering gives a fictional treatment to the little-known true story of the McLean gang who lived in the Kamloops area in the late 1800s. The McLean brothers and a friend were a group of half white/half Aboriginal boys who ended up forming an outlaw gang which became increasingly violent, eventually escalating to murder. A posse was formed and the boys ended up in jail. The book explores issues of equity, liberty, loyalty and justice. The McLeans considered themselves to be fighting against the whites (but also often considered themselves white), while the government just saw ‘half-breed’ outlaws.

Bowering is an officer of the Order of Canada and was Canada’s first Poet Laureate. His numerous books include the Governor General’s Award-winning titles The Gangs of Kosmos and Burning Water.

Caution: Contains violence, swearing and racist language.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2009-2010.

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