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Cher Journal : Du sang sur nos terres

Joséphine Bouvier, témoin de la rébellion de Louis Riel, Batoche, Saskatchewan, 1885

by (author) Maxine Trottier

Scholastic Canada Ltd, Independent Publishers Group
Initial publish date
Nov 2012
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  • Age: 9 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 12


Joséphine, une jeune métisse de treize ans, décrit dans son journal intime les faits marquants de sa vie à Batoche pendant une période sombre de l'histoire du Canada. Joséphine raconte les espoirs et les déceptions des Métis qui, menés par Louis Riel, tentent d'obtenir la reconnaissance de leurs droits. La jeune fille témoigne des événements troublants ayant mené à la bataille de Batoche et des conséquences tragiques qui en ont découlées. Inquiète du sort de ceux qu'elle aime, elle fait face aux épreuves avec beaucoup de sagesse et de sang-froid.

Tension grips Batoche, Saskatchewan in 1885. Many Métis have moved here after the 1870 Riel Rebellion in Manitoba. But life in Batoche is difficult. The Métis seem to be losing their way of life. They want title to their land, but the government has delayed it for years, and talk of a second uprising is in the air. Thirteen-year-old Josephine finds herself torn over the Resistance: she is worried for her brother who is eager to fight; for her father who prefers a peaceful solution; and for Louis Riel, the leader whose is trying to preserve the Métis way of life. Will her community be able to survive this unrest?

Origina title: Blood Upon Our Land

About the author

Maxine Trottier is a prolific writer of books for young people. Born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan on May 3, 1950, she moved to Windsor, Ontario in Canada with her family ten years later. In 1974 she became a Canadian citizen. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.Maxine spent 31 years working as an educator in elementary classrooms, guiding children toward literacy. The students in her class, who of course thought of her only as their teacher, saw each step in the creation of a new work. They heard the unillustrated story, saw the roughs, and were the first to view the finished book.Maxine lives with her husband William and their two Yorkies, Ceilidh and Moon. They divide their year between Port Stanley, Ontario on Lake Erie, and Newman s Cove, Newfoundland, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Both are wonderful places to write.

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