Precious Cargo: My Year of Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077 by Craig Davidson

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Read Precious Cargo: My Year of Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077 Online Free - Surprising and revelatory non-fiction from a talented young writer whose last book, Cataract City, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Book Prize, and was a Globe Best Book and national bestseller.

With his last novel, Cataract City, Craig Davidson established himself as one of our most talented novelists. But in his early thirties, before writing that novel and before his previous work, Rust and Bone, was made into an Oscar-nominated film, Davidson experienced a period of poverty, apparent failure and despair. In this new work of intimate, riveting and timely non-fiction, based loosely on a National Magazine Award-winning article he published in The Walrus, Davidson tells the story of one year in his life--a year during which he came to a new, mature understanding of his own life and his connection to others. Or, as Davidson would say, he became an adult.
     One morning in 2008, desperate and impoverished and living in a one-room basement apartment while trying unsuccessfully to write, Davidson plucked a flyer out of his mailbox that read, "Bus Drivers Wanted." That was the first step towards an unlikely new career: driving a school bus full of special-needs kids for a year. Armed only with a sense of humour akin to that of his charges, a creative approach to the challenge of driving a large, awkward vehicle while corralling a rowdy gang of kids, and surprising but unsentimental reserves of empathy, Davidson takes us along for the ride. He shows us how his evolving relationship with the kids on that bus, each of them struggling physically as well as emotionally and socially, slowly but surely changed his life along with the lives of the "precious cargo" in his care. This is the extraordinary story of that year and those relationships. It is also a moving, important and universal story about how we see and treat people with special needs in our society.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Title : Precious Cargo: My Year of Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077
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ISBN : 0345810538
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 400 pages


Allison rated it ★★★★★

February 06, 2018

What a beautiful surprise! Read it! Read this book! It was funny and fantastic and so well written. I laughed so hard I spit out my food at one point. I shed a tear near the end. I felt everything, every sentence, travel right up inside my veins and straight into my heart. The book is endearing a...

Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ rated it ★★★★☆

March 02, 2018

It’s not often that “nonfiction” and “can’t put it down” are used to describe the same book (at least not for me), but this book was just so readable. It’s charming, heartwarming, and very funny.

Thomas rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 29, 2016

I was sitting on the edge of my seat as Craig Davidson was previewing raw, unpublished writing about piloting a school bus with special needs children in Calgary and the bonds he formed with his “cargo”. It was a 2015 reading. I was transfixed. I was mesmerized. These children provided him an unf...

Brandon rated it ★★★☆☆

April 18, 2016

Author Craig Davidson had been having trouble making ends meet when he took a chance on a job posting for a school bus driver for special needs kids. Originally written as a piece for Avenue magazine, Craig expanded his experience into a full length memoir. Davidson rounds out the book by adding...

Steven rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 26, 2016

Ugh! That was a little torturous to be Honest! The write up sounded awesome but once reading I realized he just need to churn out a book to his publisher! I hardly paid attention past halfway! The narrative is whiny and self loathing and really more about what a loser he was than about the kids

❀ Susan rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2018 Precious Cargo had been sitting on my shelf since I met Craig Davidson at the Grimsby Author Series in November 2016. I picked it up again when I met Craig at the One Book One Brant Event in April 2017 which united the community to read his novel, Cataract...

Samantha rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2018

There aren’t many times I can count where I a) binge read a book and b) forget where I am because I’m so invested. Especially for a non-fiction. I loved this story, hilarious and real, but the five star rating comes from the relationship I felt to Jake. The writer exposes the feeling of going fro...

Kristina rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2018

I rarely give 5 stars but found this to be one of the most beautiful and heartfelt books I've read in a long time. It was a pleasure reading about the kids on Bus 3077 - all of their quirks and stories and mannerisms - I laughed out loud and genuinely had moments where I paused to re-read certain...

Mary Anne rated it ★★★★☆

March 02, 2018

Touching story that is both funny and sad, like life itself.

Heather(Gibby) rated it ★★★★☆

February 13, 2018

This is a personal memoir about a year the author spent driving some middle school and high school aged kids with disabilities on a school bus. The author is very open and honest about his own views and the personal growth he experienced from his daily contact with thee kids and how much they tau...

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