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- DescriptionFor ages 9+. This young adult historical vel focuses on Charlotte and her family, Loyalists who are forced to flee their home in the Mohawk Valley as a result of the violence of the Sons of Freedom during the American Revolution. At the beginning, fifteen-year-old Charlotte Hooper is separated from her sweetheart, Nick, who sympathises with the Rebels. The war has already taken the lives of her three brothers, and it is with a sense of desperation that Charlotte and her parents begin the long trek rth to the safety of Fort Carleton. Along the way they are joined by other Loyalists who have been burnt out. The vel portrays Charlotte's struggle on the difficult journey rth, and the even more difficult task of making a new home in British Canada. In her relationship with Nick, the vel explores the complexity of the ideals of the American revolution and how these ideals were undermined by a revolutionary ethos of violence and manifest destiny. In the flight rth, the Mohawk nation plays an important role, and Charlotte learns much about their customs and way of life, to the point where she is renamed Woman of Two Worlds . Later in the vel she is able to repay her Native friends when she plays an important part in helping the Oneidas, who originally sided with the Americans, to become members of the Iroquois confederacy under British protection. The story of Charlotte's journey rth is a tale of paradise lost and a new world gained. It is also the love story of Charlotte and Nick and their reconciliation of political differences. The title reflects both the family's quest to find a new home and also Charlotte's personal growth through the vel. Strong and capable, Charlotte breaks the stereotype of the 18th-century female. The relationship between the Loyalists and the natives is developed in such a positive light that this vel has the potential to be an effective teaching tool. But it is t purely history. The fictional element makes this book a great read for anyone.
- Author BiographyJean Rae Baxter writes for both an adult general audience and for young readers. The Way Lies North (2007) won the Arts Hamilton Award for a young reader novel and was nominated for the Red Maple and Stellar awards, Broken Train won the gold medal in the Moonbeam Awards, and Freedom Bound won the bronze medal. Jean lives in Hamilton where she is one of the organizers of the Lit Live Reading Series and serves as co-chair of Arts Hamilton Literary Advisory Committee. Visit jeanraebaxter.ca.
- Author(s)Jean Rae Baxter
- PublisherRonsdale Press
- Date of Publication15/03/2007
- SubjectChildren's Fiction
- Place of PublicationVancouver
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintRonsdale Press
- Weight396 g
- Width195 mm
- Height130 mm
- Spine22 mm
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