Out Of The Cocoon by Gil Desbiens
In the mid-thirties our young hero is plucked from school to help his father on the trapline in northern Quebec. He learns how to build a canoe and a log cabin, how to trap rabbits and shoot and skin a moose. Left alone, he manages to save himself when surrounded by a pack of wolves. At fifteen, the boy finds work in a gold mine where he meets unscrupulous "Joe" and becomes an unwilling accomplice to a robbery that will change the course of his life.
Gil Desbiens was born in Fugerville, Quebec but spent most of his youth in the small farm town of Seneterre, about two hundred miles north. After spending five long winters trapping, he tired of the harsh life and moved to Ontario to work in the gold mines. In 1944 Gil moved to Vernon, British Columbia, where he worked in the family sawmill and later became a heavy equipment operator. He is now retired and living in Kelowna, British Columbia.