Boy Called Allis (Allister Of Turtle Mountain #1)
Eleven-year-old Allister McRuer‚Äôs fears materialize when he and his family arrive at their Manitoba pioneer homestead in 1892. What could make it worse? Being called Allis. During the trip from Lachute, Quebec to Cherry Creek, Manitoba, Allister shares a train boxcar with three of his brothers and all of their family‚Äôs livestock. The closer he gets to the homestead his father and oldest brother, John, started three years ago, the worse Allister‚Äôs misery gets as older brother, Will, torments Allister by calling him ‚ÄúAllis,‚Äù a name he hates because it sounds like ‚ÄúAlice.‚Äù Allister‚Äôs first hour in Cherry Creek does little to ease his concerns. While their brothers unload the McRuers‚Äô two boxcars, Allister and his twin brother, Jim, explore the town. Allister is discouraged at the small size of the local school, wondering how he will ever finish grade eight. As they continue walking, Allister and Jim witness a terrible accident. Although they‚Äôre able to help a horse and an injured driver, Allister‚Äôs anxiety over his family‚Äôs move to the prairies takes a new turn when he‚Äôs told that the only doctor within seventy miles is out of town on another call. Who can he get to help them?