Isobel thinks that she and her family will find their fortune in Canada. But Isobel's mother dies before they even cross the ocean, and other misfortunes follow their every step. Isobel's family and the other Selkirk Settlers are caught in the fur-trading rivalry between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company and cannot even start to build when they do reach their destination.
The harsh climate, and escalating threats against the settlers, make it impossible to start a new life. Only through perserverance and help from the local Cree band are Isobel and her family finally able to put down roots in the Red River Valley. Vetted by historical experts, each book in this series contains maps, numerous period illustrations, and an extensive historical note.
CAROL MATAS is the award-winning author of many bestselling novels for young people, including Daniel's Story, Cloning Miranda, Rebecca, and The War Within. She has received the Jewish Book Award (twice), the Geoffrey Bilson Award, and two nominations for the Governor General's Award. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.