The Price Paid for Charley

By Earl B. Pilgrim (CA)

Publisher: Flanker Press


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The Price Paid for Charley is the true story of world-famous doctor Sir Wilfred Grenfell and the legendary perils he encountered in 1908. In the town of Englee, Newfoundland, young Charley Hancock was in need of immediate medical attention. When word of his condition reached the good doctor, he set out with his beloved dog team in a race against time to perform a life-saving operation on the boy. But Grenfell’s determination turned to desperation when he attempted to cross the ice in Hare Bay and found himself stranded upon the ever-churning ice floes in the dead of winter. With his patient barely clinging to life and the boy’s family despairing that the doctor would reach him in time, Grenfell faced the grim reality that he too was about to die.

About the Author: Earl Baxter Pilgrim was born in St. Anthony, Newfoundland, in 1939. He received his early education in Roddickton, later studying forestry at the College of Trades and Technology in St. John’s. Besides being Newfoundland and Labrador’s favourite storyteller and all-time bestselling author, his career has spanned numerous fields. He served with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), during which time he became a champion boxer, and following his stint in the Armed Forces, he went on to become a forest ranger and wildlife protection officer with the Newfoundland government. Pilgrim has won several awards for his efforts in conservation and protection of the environment: the Safari International; the Gunther Behr; and the “Achievement Beyond the Call of Duty.” He is married to the former Beatrice Compton of Englee. They have four children and make their home in Roddickton, Newfoundland. Pilgrim’s most recognized literary work is the bestselling Newfoundland epic Curse of the Red Cross Ring.

Language: eng

263 pages

Publication Date: 20070503

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  • English Language Arts
  • Grade Range: 7-9
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