Precious Cargo

Precious Cargo

My Year Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077

Book - 2016
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A moving, funny and surprising memoir about Canadian author Craig Davidson's experience driving a school bus full of special-needs kids for a year.
Publisher: Toronto :, Alfred A. Knopf Canada,, 2016
ISBN: 9780345810519
Characteristics: viii, 297 pages :,illustrations


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BPLpicks Feb 05, 2018

Get Canada reading! Precious Cargo was shortlisted for the 2018 Canada Reads Debates being held March 26-29.

Feb 03, 2018

Charming, easy read which I found myself getting annoyed with as time passed. Somehow the focus of the book is too much on Davidson and not focused enough on the kids on the bus. He appears to marvel at his ability to notice and care about the kids, and to start treating them like anybody else. He misses the point, in that they ARE like everyone else and have the same needs and wants. He is not special because he noticed them. Plus, from what he does say about the kids, they are significantly more interesting than he is and have more to say.

CatherineG_1 Jan 31, 2018

Canada Reads - Short listed book

Craig Davidson was at a point in his life where he realised he needed a job and nothing else was in sight. He became a bus driver for students with special needs. These kids all had something different in their background but they had one thing in common, Bus 3077.
As they rode the bus during this year, Craig learns about these kids and the physical challenges and bullying they face, everyday.
Over their time together, Craig and his crew become like a family, knowing how to help each other on bad days and have fun on other days.
Davidson's story of his time on the bus taught him things about the kids and himself but also taught the reader lessons as well.

Great read!

Feb 13, 2017

I quite liked this book, which is a very light read. I could have done without the 'novelisation' sections; they didn't add anything. And I found I didn't care about his life enough to keep reading about it; I wanted to hear about the kids.

Oct 16, 2016

A wonderful read about the bus driver who was able to see that the individual worth of each passenger was far more important than any of the challenges they had to face. He is a beacon of kindness and patience.
Highly recommend.

Jul 29, 2016

A heartwarming, well-written book of bus stories.


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Apr 19, 2016

"Precious Cargo" is a memoir of the year that the author worked as the bus driver of a small group of special-needs students. Davidson became not just a driver but also a mentor and friend to his teenage passengers, especially the aspiring writer, Jake.


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Nov 02, 2016

"Bullying is at its root about social positioning ... The (five disabled) kids on my bus occupied the lowest rung on the food chain ... But some of the kids at their schools ... hadn't got the memo that reads: ' You don't hunt the easy meat.' ... [But after confronting kids who mocked the bus and shouted slurs and laughed] It took a while for me to understand that most of the kids on my bus were perfectly happy to be on it. .... So the problem was one of perspective - my own. ... As Vincent said: 'It makes them look stupid, not us.'" (p. 86-92)

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