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The Adventures of Radisson

Hell Never Burns

by (author) Martin Fournier

translated by Peter McCambridge

Baraka Books
Initial publish date
Nov 2012
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    Nov 2012
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12


P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>In the spring of 1651, a 15-year-old Parisian, Pierre-Esprit Radisson, lands in Trois-Rivières on the St. Lawrence River. Within weeks, the course of his life changes dramatically when Iroquois braves capture him. Canoeing across rivers and lakes and portaging over mountains, Radisson’s captors take him to distant lands where they first torture him, then adopt him as a brother. In this first tome of the adventures of North America’s most famous coureur des bois—an independent entrepreneurial woodsman—Radisson recounts his journey throughout North America and his adoption by the Iroquois. This book, which explores a continent’s history in an era of bravery and heroism, is the stuff of legend.  

About the authors

Martin Fournier is a historian (Ph.D.) and a writer. He taught history at the Université du Québec à Rimouski and has published books on Radisson and on day-to-day life in New France. Since 2006 he has been Project Coordinator and Editor of the Encyclopedia of French Cultural Heritage in North America. Martin Fournier won the Governor General’s Award for the original French version of The Adventures of Radisson, 1. Hell Never Burns, which is his first young adult novel.

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Originally from Ireland, Peter McCambridge holds a BA in modern languages from Cambridge University, England, and has lived in Quebec City since 2003. He runs Québec Reads and QC Fiction. His translations have been World Literature Today Notable Translations, longlisted for Canada Reads, and finalists for the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Translation.

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Editorial Reviews

"It will please people from 7 to 77."  —

P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>"It's lively and fun, and told as a very accessible tale, which has not been the case in history books for a long time."  —Canoe

P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>"Provides lessons in history but is never didactic. Travels in the Iroquois world [are] absolutely enchanting."  —Jade Bérubé, author, La Presse

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