Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 7 to 12
Summer 1786. Two fifteen year-old orphan boys have embarked on a ship in Southhampton, Britain, that's heading for the North-East of the Pacific Ocean. Alexis is of Acadian descent and is looking for his scattered family while his friend Hugh dreams of a better life. But once they arrive on the North American continent, a young starving cougar will disrupt the boys' destiny...
While wounded Hugh is saved by a fellow crew member, Alexis gets lost in the forest and ends up in an Indigenous village decimated by the smallpox. Amongst the cadavers, a young girl is left alive. She and Alexis will help each other in their fight for survival...
About the authors
Danielle Marcotte was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1950. Following her university degree in literature, Danielle worked in many fields related to writing: journalism, teaching, scriptwriting, publishing, and work in the cultural sector. In 1984, Danielle began to write adult and children’s fiction. With her book Poil de serpent, dent d’araignée, Danielle received the Mr. Christie’s Book Award in 1997. The book also made IBBY’s honor list in 1998. Her children’s novel Les Sabots rouges was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2005. She currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Stéphanie Bourgeois is one-fourth Acadian. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Interactive Technologies from Simon Fraser University, and is currently finishing a Masters in Media Design in Japan. She is passionate about filmmaking and photography.