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Children's Fiction Colonial & Revolutionary Periods

The People and Josh Wilson

by (author) John Reid

Fernwood Publishing
Initial publish date
Apr 2009
Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2009
    List Price
    $12.95 USD

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12


Josh Wilson’s high school history project sends him stumbling into a parallel world where the Native American people have not been displaced by colonists. Instead, the people thrive in a powerful domain and coexist with small colonies in Massachusetts and New York. Josh has only a few days to find his way back to his own world through this new alternative history. His journey among leaders of the colonists and the Mahican people will inspire young readers to question the past and rethink the present.

About the author

John G. Reid is a professor in the Department of History and a senior fellow at the Gorsebrook Research Institute at Saint Mary's University.

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Librarian Reviews

The People and Josh Wilson

In this fast-paced, entertaining story, Josh Wilson is a grade nine student in Holyoke, Massachusetts. One Saturday morning, while photographing a local abandoned mill for a school project, Josh falls through a hole and finds himself in a parallel world where history has taken a different path and Native Americans retain control of much of North America. With the help of Rencatha, a Mohican girl, Josh searches for a way back to his world. Along the way, the two teenagers are captured by renegades, help save Dutch colonists from homes destroyed by a hurricane and aid in averting a takeover of the Mohican capital by invaders.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2010-2011.

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