Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 14
- Grade: 7 to 9
Fourteen-year-old Acadian Jacques Terriot is being deported with his family to the British colony of Massachusetts. He longs to escape and join his older brother in fighting with the French. Jacques is about to set out on a journey that will teach him the true meaning of family and home, as well as what it means to be Acadian.
About the author
Anne C. Kelly is the English Language Learning Coordinator at the Bedford Library and also works with Learn English Nova Scotia, completing English language assessments. She previously worked for over twenty years providing English-as-an-additional-language (EAL) support to newcomers to Canada. She is married with four grown children, has been writing since Grade Four, and is passionate about books and Canadian history.
Excerpt: Jacques' Escape (by (author) Anne C. Kelly)
Jacques stared at Colonel John Winslow in alarm. Surely, he didn’t mean...he couldn’t mean whathe said. The words echoed dully in Jacques’ head: “Your lands...cattle...livestock...forfeited to the Crown...and you yourselves...removed from...His Majesty’sProvince.”
Removed. Sentaway. Deported.
Jacques shoved his hands into the pockets of his thick wool trousers to hide their shaking. Henri was right; Lawrence did want to get rid of them. The English had threatened to deport them before, but no one had taken the threats seriously.
Colonel Winslow of the English Provincial Troops was deadly serious.