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Blood Brothers in Louisbourg

A Novel

by Philip Roy

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list price: $11.95
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published: June 2012
ISBN:9781897009727
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Written in English by an established author of Acadian descent, Blood Brothers in Louisbourg is the fictional account of two brothers who are unaware of each other’s existence – one from France, the other a Mi’kmaq – both the sons of an officer in the French artillery. One mother is a wife home in France, the other a Mi’kmaw woman who lived near Louisbourg, the French fortress on Île Royale. In the novel, both brothers come to Louisbourg in 1744 – one brother trying to identify his father, the other simply to survive the harsh conditions of a year in the Fortress in preparation for war.

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Philip Roy was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He studied music with Sister Rodriquez Steele and Professor James Hargreaves, and aspired to a career as a pianist. After graduating from high school, he left Antigonish to work and travel. As a young man, he returned to the study of piano with Oriole Aitchison in Halifax, where he also began composing music. After getting married, Philip moved to Ontario and devoted his time to raising his children, later returning to school and degrees in history at University of Waterloo and at McMaster University. Master’s degrees in hand, he moved to the island of Saipan in Micronesia, where he taught English and History in a high school for two years. Following that, he returned to Canada and settled for a time in Ontario, teaching piano. The lure of his home province eventually brought Philip back to Nova Scotia, where he began writing young adult novels and stories for children. In 2008, his first novel, Submarine Outlaw, was published by Ronsdale Press of Vancouver. The fifth book in the series, Outlaw in India, will be released at the same time as Blood Brothers in Louisbourg. Philip currently lives in Halifax, where he continues to write novels and compose music.

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Wonderful Historical Fiction

My children and I have now read ALL of Philip Roy’s books (often more than once!), and Blood Brothers in Louisbourg, as a work of historical fiction, is definitely a fascinating departure from his Submarine Outlaw adventure series. We had no idea Roy had written this novel until we checked out his website—philiproy.ca. Well, we have always been impressed by his adventure series, but we were really impressed from beginning to end of this novel, especially in terms of how Roy interweaves his plot line so seamlessly with historical accuracy. It was thoughtfully and carefully crafted, and I have to say, this novel really reflects Roy’s versatility, scope, breadth, and depth as a writer. Two-Feathers is one of the most heroic characters we've encountered in YA literature yet. And his half-brother, Jacques, is also quite compelling as a character. Roy's beautifully rendered account of Two-Feathers and Jacques, and their respective struggles, is interesting, insightful, and philosophical. This novel was written with sensitivity and intelligence, and also it offers tremendous insight into what makes us human. When looking at Roy’s considerable repertoire, I would have to say that Blood Brothers in Louisbourg deserves special accolades for its sheer artistry. I would recommend this book to anyone—young or old. It’s a beautiful story, really. My kids would agree.

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"This is exceptional historical fiction. The writing is intricate and beautifully-crafted. The author delves deeply into the time period, making it come to life for readers. The characters are well-developed, and the book can be understood on many levels. It leaves the reader with much to think about." -Keenreaders.org

"Philip Roy's young adult novel, Blood Brothers in Louisbourg, is a swiftly told, exciting, informative read that will also appeal to older readers….Roy writes economically but with sensitivity and a strong visual sense….[He] has a firm grasp of the history and culture of his setting but, as related by his brace of protagonists, the novel has an immediacy and freshness that never threatens to bog down his story….Roy's novel is remarkably entertaining for any reader, and would make a great read." -What's Going On

"Young readers are treated to a thoughtful, artfully-rendered account of this time in Nova Scotia's history….We see a more balanced and clear-eyed depiction of events and motivations than textbooks are apt to provide. These two young men are engaging and sympathetic characters whose stories are beautifully told….Roy has created a rich and vivid historical drama that readers will undoubtedly enjoy becoming invested in….It is a noteworthy young adult offering that brings our history to life in a way that will capture the imaginations of its readers and invite discussion and further interest." -Atlantic Books Today

"Evocative detail, lyrical language and good pacing make this novel a winner. 4 out of 4 stars. Highly recommended." -CM Magazine

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