Blood Upon Our Land

Blood Upon Our Land

The North West Resistance Diary of Josephine Bouvier

Book - 2009
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A young girl watches as the M#65533;tis life she knows is threatened by conflict and the men in her family are called to action by Louis Riel, the charismatic leader of the North West Resistance.

Tension grips Batoche, Saskatchewan in 1885. Many M#65533;tis moved here after the 1870 Riel Rebellion in Manitoba left them disallusioned. But life in Batoche is difficult. The buffalo on which the M#65533;tis depended for generations have been hunted almost to extinction, and the coming of white settlers poses a threat to their traditional way of life. The M#65533;tis want title to their land, but the government has delayed for years. Promises are no longer enough . . . and talk of a second uprising is in the air.

Thirteen-year-old Josephine finds herself torn over her feelings about the Resistance: she is worried for her brother, who is eager to fight; for her father, who prefers a peaceful solution; for Edmond Swift Fox, her friend, whom she loves and will eventually marry; and for Louis Riel, the leader whose efforts to help the M#65533;tis preserve their way of life are actions she grows to respect and admire.

Through Josephine's faithful diary entries, the reader is transported into this pivotal moment in Canadian history - the time leading up to the defeat of the M#65533;tis and the allied First Nations forces at Batoche, the execution of Louis Riel, and the growing tensions between English Canada and French Canada.

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, c2009
ISBN: 9780545999052
Branch Call Number: J DEA
Characteristics: 231 p. :,ill., maps, ports. ;,20 cm


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May 17, 2017

I found this book VERY BORING. The end is a little bit better but not much.

Nov 09, 2015

It was an okay book for me. I found it really slow to read only for the end to really pick up. But definitely good to read if you want to know more about Louis Riel and the North West Resistance or just the Metis in general.

Jul 14, 2014

I really liked the idea of having someones view of a war, to feel what they were feeling at that precise time. I was hoping that the main character actually alive and not fictional. Fictional or not, I could still feel the emotions of Josephine as I read on.

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Nov 09, 2015

karatemaster thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


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