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Children's Fiction Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries

La bottine de Rivière-des-Caches

by (author) Victor Robichaud

illustrated by Gabrielle Morrisseau

Bouton d'or Acadie
Initial publish date
Nov 2023
Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries, General, Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


Nearly a century has passed since the darkest hours of the deportation. Calm has returned to the fertile lands surrounding the bay of the Miramichi River. Numerous Acadian families settled there in the hopes of prospering peacefully. On the shores of Rivière-des-Caches, Marie-Rose Robichaud leads a happy life surrounded by her family and neighbours, with whom she shares the simple joys of childhood. Ignorant of the horrible plague that has been spreading in Acadie for several years, the young girl writes in her journal about her love of nature and for young Stanislas.

However, one December night in 1843, the axe falls: Marie-Rose has contracted leprosy. The formidable illness brings fear, shame, and suffering with it, and Marie-Rose's life gets upended. Sent into exile on Becs-Scies Island, the young Acadian watches her happiness fly away and begins her long descent to rock bottom. Marie-Rose will have nothing but the unwavering hope of seeing her loved ones again to bravely confront her destiny.

About the authors

Victor Robichaud was born in the little picturesque town of Neguac, or, more precisely, in Rivière-des-Caches. His passion for literary arts and history began in childhood. During his years as a family doctor and adjunct professor in the faculty of medicine at the University of Sherbrooke, Dr. Robichaud recognized the importance of humanism in medical professions. He has always looked to integrate the arts, narration, and poetry into his teaching of future doctors. Since his retirement, he has returned to his hometown, the setting of his first youth novel, La bottine de Rivière-des-Caches.

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After her studies in media and visual arts at the University of Quebec in Montreal, in 2017, Gabrielle Morrisseau decided to pair her practice with illustration to satiate her creative urges. She works particularly in watercolour, drawing, embroidery, and writing. Through her practice, she likes exploring emotions and the sensitivity of words. She aspires to make the intangibility of words visible by reflecting a gentle and nebulous feeling that will cradle young and old.

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