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Storm At Batoche

by (author) Maxine Trottier

illustrated by John Mantha

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Jul 2006
General, Native Canadian, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice selection

About the authors

Maxine Trottier is a prolific writer of books for young people. Born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan on May 3, 1950, she moved to Windsor, Ontario in Canada with her family ten years later. In 1974 she became a Canadian citizen. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.Maxine spent 31 years working as an educator in elementary classrooms, guiding children toward literacy. The students in her class, who of course thought of her only as their teacher, saw each step in the creation of a new work. They heard the unillustrated story, saw the roughs, and were the first to view the finished book.Maxine lives with her husband William and their two Yorkies, Ceilidh and Moon. They divide their year between Port Stanley, Ontario on Lake Erie, and Newman s Cove, Newfoundland, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Both are wonderful places to write.

Maxine Trottier's profile page

John Mantha is a Toronto-based artist and illustrator. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, he graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art. John is the illustrator of twenty-six books including The Kids Book of Canada's Railway and The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration.

John Mantha's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"This is a memorable historical picture book that might lead a young reader to seek more information about this time in our collective history. Maxine Trottier gives thought to the imagined relationship between this gentle man and a young boy. In an author's note at the end, she gives us a glimpse of the time when Louis Riel lived and fought for the rights of his people. She also includes a recipe for gallette, which her French Canadian grandmother made for her as a child. It was always a special treat, as is this story."
Brandon Sun

"Trottier shows the deep humanity of Riel..."
Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC

"The author effectively uses the route through the reader's stomach to strengthen her message about the importance of bridging cultural differences and sharing."
Quill and Quire

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