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Children's Fiction Pre-confederation (to 1867)

Broken Trail

by (author) Jean Rae Baxter

Publisher
Ronsdale Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2011
Category
Pre-Confederation (to 1867), Native Canadian
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781553801665
    Publish Date
    Mar 2011
    List Price
    $11.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781553801092
    Publish Date
    Feb 2011
    List Price
    $11.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5

Description

Broken Trail is the story a thirteen-year-old white boy, the son of United Empire Loyalists, who has been captured and adopted by the Oneida people. Striving to find his vision oki that will guide him in his quest to become a warrior, Broken Trail disavows his white heritage — he considers himself Oneida. But everything changes when Broken Trail, alone in the woods on his vision quest, is mistakenly shot by a redcoat soldier. Broken Trail is taken to the soldier's camp and then sent south on a mission to deliver a message to Major Patrick Ferguson that could save many lives. Narrowly escaping being slaughtered in the Battle of Kinds Mountain, Broken Trail finds his long-lost older brother, who had been fighting for the British and has been captured by the rebels.

About the author

Jean Rae Baxter was born in Toronto, grew up in Hamilton, and spent much of her adult life in the Kingston area. She started writing full-time a dozen years ago, following a career in education. She writes for both adults and young adults. Her first novel, The Way Lies North (Ronsdale Press, 2007), won the 2008 Arts Hamilton award for best Young Adult novel, and was also a nominee for the Ontario Library Association’s Red Maple Award and for British Columbia’s Stellar award. In 2011 Ronsdale Press published Broken Trail, the sequel to The Way Lies North. Freedom Bound completes her trilogy of novels telling the stories of young people caught up in the violence of the American Revolution. She has also published two collections of short stories, A Twist of Malice and Scattered Light and a literary murder mystery, Looking for Cardenio. Jean Rae Baxter currently lives in Hamilton, where she is co-chair of Hamilton Arts Council’s Literary Advisory Committee and serves as one of the organizers of the LiT LiVe Reading Series.

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Awards

  • Unknown, Gold Medal, Moonbeam Children's Book Award

Editorial Reviews

“Broken Trail is a gripping tale whose believable hero is genuinely torn between the Oneida people who have become his loved family and his earlier life before he was captured. His confusion and emotional stress, as he lies between care and duty to his injured brother, and his devotion to his new family and the need to prove himself to them, is thoroughly convincing. A tumultuous period in North American history becomes more real for young people through the adventures and loyalties of Broken Trail, his brother Elijah, and his companion in adventurer, Red Sun Rising.” — Deakin Newsletter

Librarian Reviews

Broken Trail

A sequel to The Way Lies North, this historical adventure story is set in 1780 when the British are fighting the Americans for control of the United States. The Oneida people, from north of the St. Lawrence, are loosely allied with the British. Broken Trail, a white boy who has been raised by the Oneida, is enlisted by the British to carry a vital message south to the British commander near Charlotte, North Carolina. Broken Trail journeys alone, surviving in the wilderness thanks to his Oneida upbringing. Along the way, he befriends a Cherokee boy, with whom he shares his anger at the settlers taking over aboriginal land. In Charlotte, he encounters his own white brother, who has been wounded, and nurses him back to health. Broken Trail is confused. Is he of the aboriginal world or the white world?

Caution: A disturbing scene of a family scalped leads to Broken Trail realizing his task is to “find a better way”.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2011-2012.

Broken Trail

A sequel to The Way Lies North, this historical adventure story is set in 1780 when the British are fighting the Americans for control of the United States. The Oneida people, from north of the St. Lawrence, are loosely allied with the British. Broken Trail, a white boy who has been raised by the Oneida, is enlisted by the British to carry a vital message south to the British commander near Charlotte, North Carolina. Broken Trail journeys alone, surviving in the wilderness thanks to his Oneida upbringing. Along the way, he befriends a Cherokee boy, with whom he shares his anger at the settlers taking over aboriginal land. In Charlotte, he encounters his own white brother, who has been wounded, and nurses him back to health. Broken Trail is confused. Is he of the aboriginal world or the white world?

Caution: A disturbing scene of a family scalped leads to Broken Trail realizing his task is to “find a better way”.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

Broken Trail

Broken Trail, a 13-year-old Oneida boy at the time of the American Revolution, has undertaken a vision quest to find his oki, his spirit protector. He wants nothing more than to become a warrior like his uncle, Carries a Quiver. He wants to forget that before he was Broken Trail, adopted son of an Oneida couple, he was Moses Cobham.

A British soldier interrupts Broken Trail’s vision quest, accidentally shooting him in the leg. At the British camp, after his wound is dressed, the general asks him to take a message to the British commander at Kings Mountain, far to the south, in exchange for a rifle

At Kings Mountain, Broken Trail comes face-to-face with his past and with the knowledge that it may not be so easy to forget who he once was. Perhaps, in fact, it will be important to the future of the Oneida that he remember.

Author Jean Rae Baxter has written an engaging, absorbing story — well-plotted, full of detail and full of sympathy and understanding of human nature. Broken Trail’s quest for his true identity is one every adolescent can identify with.

This novel is the second in the Loyalist trilogy that began with The Way Lies North. Baxter is working on a third novel with the same characters.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2011. Volume 34 No. 3.

Broken Trail

In the middle of the American Revolution, 13-year-old Broken Trail is caught between conflicting worlds. Having been born British but raised by the Oneida, Broken Trail is faced with a difficult decision when he finds his long-lost older brother. Do his loyalties lie with his brother and the British or with the First Nations people who adopted him? Or can he find a way forward that will benefit both peoples?

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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