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."
- "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
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