A Ribbon of Shining Steel: The Railway Diary of Kate Cameron is a fictional diary in the Dear Canada series. It was published in September 2002 by Scholastic Canada. The book was written by Julie Lawson, her first for the series.


"In memory of my parents, Jean and Charles Goodwin, and my CPR grandparents, John and Lydia Anderson—for all my early journeys on the railway."

Book description

"Monday, September 11, 1882
Mr. Hagan has a map on his wall so he can keep track of the railway progress. There is a lot of tracking to keep, with gangs working in different sections all through the Fraser Canyon—blasting tunnels, laying track, building bridges and so on.
Wednesday, September 13, 1882
Why am I cursed with brothers? This is what horrid Toby said today—"I can see his brains, Kate! They're oozing all over the stretcher!" It was a gruesome sight, but I felt obliged to have a look so I could record the details in my Diary. Alas, Mama yanked us away from the window and drew the curtains. She is forever scolding Papa for buying a house so close to the Accident Hospital. Mama helps care for the accident victims. I would help, too, but I may not be brave enough to withstand the sight of too much blood.



Main article: List of A Ribbon of Shining Steel characters


Main article: Julie Lawson


See also

v - e - dDear Canada

Orphan at My Door | A Prairie as Wide as the Sea | With Nothing But Our Courage | Footsteps in the Snow
A Ribbon of Shining Steel | Whispers of War | Alone in an Untamed Land | Brothers Far from Home | An Ocean Apart
A Trail of Broken Dreams | Banished from Our Home | Winter of Peril | Turned Away | The Death of My Country
No Safe Harbour | A Rebel's Daughter | A Season for Miracles | If I Die Before I Wake | Not a Nickel to Spare
Prisoners in the Promised Land | Days of Toil and Tears | Where the River Takes Me | Blood Upon Our Land
A Desperate Road to Freedom | A Christmas to Remember | Exiles from the War | To Stand On My Own
Hoping for Home | That Fatal Night | Torn Apart | A Sea of Sorrows | Pieces of the Past | A Country of Our Own
All Fall Down | Flame and Ashes | A Time for Giving | These Are My Words

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