My Childhood in the Bush: Growing up in Brent on the CNR in Algonquin Park (1913-1919)
By Rebecca Atkins with Paul and Doug Mackey
People thought nine-year-old Rebecca was a “wild animal” when she moved to town. For six years she had lived in the railway village of Brent in Algonquin Park in a boxcar beside the tracks. Her vivid memories of those years provide insight into her isolated but fulfilling life there. Her individual story reflects Canada’s struggle for its own identity in the 1900s.
Nicely written, attractively designed, and wonderfully Illustrated.- The Beaver -
An historical treat...a good read and a pleasure to look at for both young and older
A wonderful portrayal - Algonquin Park Archivist C Woodley -
The excellent photographs and illustrations as well as the clarity of the writing add significantly to the book’s appeal not only for children but also for adults.-Eleanor Kidd in the Huntsville Weekender (Huntsville Forester)- (Full review)
As Atkins recalls her childhood, her voice speaks from both the present
and the past. Her simple and often funny details are engaging and will
appeal to younger readers. Her story also speaks to older audiences, and
there is a sense that she is recalling details in the present. At times,
it feels as though you are sitting with Rebecca and going through her photographs
as she tells her story.