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Tunnels of Treachery [Paperback]

Mary Harelkin Bishop
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Sept. 19 2003 Tunnels of Moose Jaw Adventure (Book 3)

In this new thriller in the exciting "Tunnels of Moose Jaw" series from best-selling writer Mary Harelkin Bishop, Andrea Talbot takes an unwilling third trip to the spooky tunnels under Moose Jaw and uncovers the exploitation of Chinese immigrant workers.

Andrea has no desire to go back into the tunnels. But then her friends Kami and Eddie Wong accidentally find themselves there, and she has no choice but to go back in time to rescue them - with the help of her ten-year-old brother Tony. Andrea finds a shocking new problem in the tunnels. Indentured Chinese workers toil in miserable conditions, for pitifully small wages. Smuggled into Canada by unscrupulous operators, they have no choice but to keep working - to save money to pay the infamous Head Tax the Canadian government imposes on Chinese immigrants.

Andrea is outraged at their treatment. Many people are profiting from this ruthless eploitation, none more than the nasty crook in charge of it all, Mean-Eyed Max. In this harsh world. Kami is sent to work in a laundry, Eddie to unload produce in a grocery store. Andrea has to save her friends, but what about the other workers? With the help of her friends and the mysterious Mr. Wong, she and Tony help catch the bad guys and rescue the workers too.

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In this third tumble into Moose Jaw’s 1920’s tunnels, 15-year-old Andrea Talbot and her 10-year-old diabetic, insulin popping brother, Tony, accidentally bring along their Chinese friends, 14-year-old twins, Eddie and Kami Mark.
From the foursome’s first landing everything goes crazy, and the action-oriented tension begins to build. The Marks get separated from the Talbots and from each other. As the confused twins wander the tunnels they’re individually caught by Mean Eyed Max, Stilts and Chubbs, gangsters and racists the Talbots clashed with in their two previous time trips. The caputred twins are called “Coolies”; while being held, they learn about Head taxes, discrimination and subsistence wages, and discover how Chinese immigrants were smuggled into western Canada as indentured slaves. They’re forced to work as labourers-Kami in a laundry sweat shop and Eddie in a fruit-packing warehouse. Both endure conditions and cruelties identical to those suffered by 1920’s Chinese in Canada.
As the Talbots unite to rescue their friends, they link up again with the younger versions of their family members-grandfather Vance, great aunt Bea and eventually their grandmother, Sarah. The Marks’ grandparents come into the picture as well and so do several locals, including Officer Paterson, Vance’s step-dad. With everybody’s help, Andrea and Tony solve the mysteries of the tunnels’ exits, secret entrances and hideaways. They free the immigrant workers, uncover a cache of opium and round up the bad guys. Then the happy foursome head home to a family gathering with both sets of grandparents and “so many wonderful memories to share.”
The book’s a dramatic, enticing, stand-alone adventure with enough well-placed references to the earlier trips to get a reader interested in reading them too. It’s also an instructional, non-preachy introduction to, and airing of, a less than noble era in the treatment of the Chinese in Canada.
M. Wayne Cunningham (Books in Canada)
-- Books in Canada

About the Author

Mary Harelkin Bishop's "Tunnels of Moose Jaw Adventure Series", which includes Tunnels of Time (1-55050-164-X) Tunnels of Terror (1-55050-193-3) and Tunnels of Treachery (1-55050-270-0), has sold over 50,000 copies, and continues to enthrall young readers in Saskatchewan and across Canada. Titles have been finalists for the Saskatchewan Children's Literature Award, and in the young readers' choice awards in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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