Taking the Reins



Taking the Reins was chosen as a 2013 Moonbeam Award in the category of

Pre-teen Fiction: Historical/Cultural.

Moonbeam Awards are presented at the Traverse City Children’s Book Festival in Traverse City, Michigan.


Taking the Reins won a silver Willa Literary medal. This award is presented in honor of  Willa Cather by “Women Writing the West” of Golden, Colorado.

Taking the Reins

by Dayle Campbell Gaetz

Coteau Books

In my two earlier historical novels, The Golden Rose and Living Freight, two young girls, Katherine Harris, and Emma Curtis, travel from England to Vancouver Island under very different circumstances.

Taking the Reins continues both Katherine’s and Emma’s stories. It answers the question: what happened next in the lives of these two independent and forward-thinking girls.

For more information or to place an order please go to Coteau Books

Coho Books, in Campbell River, BC



Certificate and gold medal,

Moonbeam Gold