Dear Canada: Blood Upon Our Land: The North West Resistance Diary of Josephine Bouvier, Batoche, District of Saskatchewan, 1885 by Maxine TrottierDear Canada: Blood Upon Our Land: The North West Resistance Diary of Josephine Bouvier, Batoche, District of Saskatchewan, 1885 by Maxine Trottier

Dear Canada: Blood Upon Our Land: The North West Resistance Diary of Josephine Bouvier, Batoche…

byMaxine Trottier

Hardcover | January 1, 2009

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A young girl watches as the Métis life she knows is threatened by conflict and the men in her family are called to action by Louis Riel, the charismatic leader of the North West Resistance.

Tension grips Batoche, Saskatchewan in 1885. Many Métis moved here after the 1870 Riel Rebellion in Manitoba left them disallusioned. But life in Batoche is difficult. The buffalo on which the Métis depended for generations have been hunted almost to extinction, and the coming of white settlers poses a threat to their traditional way of life. The Métis want title to their land, but the government has delayed for years. Promises are no longer enough . . . and talk of a second uprising is in the air.

Thirteen-year-old Josephine finds herself torn over her feelings about the Resistance: she is worried for her brother, who is eager to fight; for her father, who prefers a peaceful solution; for Edmond Swift Fox, her friend, whom she loves and will eventually marry; and for Louis Riel, the leader whose efforts to help the Métis preserve their way of life are actions she grows to respect and admire.

Through Josephine's faithful diary entries, the reader is transported into this pivotal moment in Canadian history - the time leading up to the defeat of the Métis and the allied First Nations forces at Batoche, the execution of Louis Riel, and the growing tensions between English Canada and French Canada.

MAXINE TROTTIER has both French Canadian and First Nations ancestry, and is an avid historical re-enactor, making her the perfect choice to pen this historical novel of a Métis girl. She has written numerous picture books and novels, including two other titles in the Dear Canada series: Alone in an Untamed Land (Silver Birch, Hackmatac...
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Title:Dear Canada: Blood Upon Our Land: The North West Resistance Diary of Josephine Bouvier, Batoche…Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 7.67 × 5.58 × 0.83 inPublished:January 1, 2009Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545999057

ISBN - 13:9780545999052

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite! Of the 3 books in this series; this one is my favorite! My daughter and I have enjoyed the tales of Haley and Bix since book one! We're sad there are no more adventures for Haley and Bix at this time. I highly recommend the series!
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Really nice book. This was one of my favourites from the collection. I would recommend this series for kids and young teenagers!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very, Very Nice. I would have loved this book when I was younger. It is a good look into the Canadian Metis way of life and the events that took place during the North West Resistance. First Nations tribes and their chiefs are also featured characters in this book, and so you get to learn a little (a very little) about them as well. The narrator was a likeable heroine. My favorite character was Josephine's grandfather Moushoom. The book was fairly realistic and I understand that many details were spared because this book is geared towards children. All in all very nice. Definatley recommended, especially for young readers interested in history. You won't be disappointed. Also this book is sad, just a warning.
Date published: 2011-02-26