Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 14
- Grade: 9
Champion of a people or traitorous rabble-rouser? Political visionary or religious lunatic? Louis Riel is one of the most ambiguous figures in Canadian history, a man who stood and fell for the Métis nation. Read about the fascinating western icon in this well-paced biography. The doomed struggle of Louis Riel and his Métis people against the new Canadian government is a story rich in drama and cultural change.
About the authors
Edrick Thay is the author of almost a dozen books. Born in Edmonton, he holds a degree in English literature from Queen's University in Ontario and a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University. An avid traveler and reader, he currently lives in Toronto.An avid traveler and reader, he longs one day to write from a loft in New York City. In the meantime, he busies himself with expanding his CD collection, improving his skills in the kitchen and finding inspiration in the works of Lahiri, Chabon and Murakami.
DAN ASFAR has a flare for writing lively narrative, evidenced by the strength of his first popular book of history Outlaws and Lawmen of the West: Volume II. Asfar also is author of biographies on Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. He has a keen interest in paranormal folklore and has authored nine collections of ghost stories. Dan, who has a degree in history from the University of Alberta, has travelled extensively across North America and has visited Australia and Mexico in recent years, all in pursuit of regional ghost lore.
Louis RielThis book tells the story of Louis Riel and his role in Canada’s story. The use of dialogue and quotations, many presumably from Riel’s journal and written accounts of his life (there are neither footnotes nor attributions in the text), draw the reader onward in a chronological presentation of the story behind the facts. The events around Red River and the ill-fated execution of Thomas Scott during the 1869 Resistance are presented. Riel’s move to the USA and his recall to the Northwest Territories by Dumont in 1884 is narrated along with the tragedy of the Northwest Resistance and Riel’s subsequent trial and execution. The issues of prejudice, racism, injustice, bias and minority rights are covered.
The authors have collaborated, so far, on two narrative histories about leaders of the Métis in the Legends series. The title of their other narrative history is Gabriel Dumont War Leader of the Métis.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.