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Belle of Batoche
By (author): Jacqueline Guest
9781551432977 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Canada / Post-Confederation Saskatchewan Sep 01, 2004
$9.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7.5 x 0.25 in | 160 gr 144 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Our Choice 2005, Commended Red Cedar nominee 2007, Short-listed
The story of the Riel Rebellion from a Métis point of view.

Belle, an 11-year-old Metis girl, and Sarah both want the coveted job of church bell ringer. An embroidery contest is held to award the position, and Sarah cheats. Before Belle can expose her, the two are caught up in the advancing forces of General Middleton and his troops as they surround Batoche in the 1885 Riel Rebellion. The church bell disappeared that day and remains missing to this day.

Jacqueline Guest is the award-winning Métis writer of over a dozen books for young readers. She is the recipient of the Indspire Award for the Arts, formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and was named to the Order of Canada for her ongoing efforts in the world of literacy. Jacqueline lives in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Alberta.

"An extremely fine work of historical fiction." "Highly recommended." - Canadian Book Review Annual

"The book is both satisfying storytelling as well as a terrific history lesson." - CD Syndicated

"This book can be a starting point for a more in-depth look at the Metis settlement and the struggle which ensued or it can be read just for enjoyment." - Resource Links

"For many readers, Belle will serve as a role model with her bravery in the face of danger, her determination to succeed and her loyalty to family and friends. Readers will leave this book hoping for a sequel." - CM Magazine

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