Short-listed for the 1997 Canadian Children's Book Centre Our
Choice On the run from the authorities and the angry townspeople of
Weasel City, British Columbia, in the early 1940s, teenage Loretta
and her younger brother, Teddy, travel with their gambling
stepfather, "Bean-Trap" Braden, as he strikes out in search of a
good poker game in the Canadian and American West. Loretta and
Teddy try to adjust to life on the run as they shuttle from ghost
town to ghost town, jumping borders and stowing away on trucks,
sleds, and trains. As the children make friends in places like
Butte, Montana; Spokane, Washington; and Ferguson, British
Columbia, Bean-Trap creates enemies wherever they go. Loretta and
Teddy try to persuade their father to keep on the straight and
narrow, but instead Bean-Trap schemes to stay one step ahead of all
the sore losers who are right behind him and hot on the trail of
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