Redcoats and Renegades by Barry McDivitt
Orca, 2012. 9781897235973.
Interest level: Grades 5 and up.
After a member of the newly formed North West Mounted Police catches 15 year old Hamlet Hamlin picking pockets, Hamlet finds himself employed by a grumpy old wagon master who is accompanying the inexperienced Redcoats on their 1874 expedition to bring law to the Canadian West. Being a city kid, Hamlet is unprepared for the physical hardships and astounded by the unruly characters and the wild situations he and the troupe encounter along their way.