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Belle of Batoche

by Jacqueline Guest

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post-confederation (1867-), native canadian
5 of 5
2 ratings
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list price: $7.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: Sep 2004
ISBN:9781551432977
Description

Belle, an 11-year-old Metis girl, and Sarah both want the coveted job of church bell ringer. An embroidery contest is held to award the position, and Sarah cheats. Before Belle can expose her, the two are caught up in the advancing forces of General Middleton and his troops as they surround Batoche in the 1885 Riel Rebellion. The church bell disappeared that day and remains missing to this day.

About the Author

Jacqueline Guest

JACQUELINE GUEST is a Metis writer who lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta. Her books are frequently selected as Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens. A Goal in Sight was nominated for a Golden Eagle Award. In 2012, Free Throw and Triple Threat won the American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Middle School Book and Jacqueline also won the Indspire Award.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
Editorial Reviews

"For many readers, Belle will serve as a role model with her bravery in the face of danger, her determination to succeed and her loyalty to family and friends. Readers will leave this book hoping for a sequel."

— CM Magazine

"An extremely fine work of historical fiction."

"Highly recommended."

— Canadian Book Review Annual

"The book is both satisfying storytelling as well as a terrific history lesson."

— CD Syndicated

"This book can be a starting point for a more in-depth look at the Metis settlement and the struggle which ensued or it can be read just for enjoyment."

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Belle of Batoche

Belle is a young, day-dreaming Métis girl who lives with her family in the Métis settlement of Batoche. Her father and brother make their living by hauling freight with large wooden Red River carts. It is 1885 and most of the people in their community support Louis Riel and Gabrielle Dumont in their upcoming battle against the massive Canadian government forces. Belle and her spoiled, non-Métis rival Sarah compete to become the special ringer of the village’s beautiful new silver church bell. Shortly afterwards, Belle discovers that Sarah cheated to win. When the war breaks out, the bell is threatened and the two bitter opponents are thrown together in a life-or-death struggle to save their families. Based on historical fact, the story brings alive Métis culture, geography and history.

This book is one of the Orca Young Reader series and a Teacher’s Guide is available from the publisher. The author is Métis and lives in the foothills of Alberta.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2007-2008.

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