Quebec, 1703. In this rough town, Indian slaves are routinely mistreated. As C?cile Chesne watches the branding iron burn into young Lesharo's flesh, she knows she must act. Defying convention, the headstrong girl buys the slave's freedom and treats him as an equal. Lesharo is Pawnee -- the People of the Wolf. Sworn to protect C?cile, he accompanies her and her father, a coureur de bois, as they leave Quebec for a perilous journey to the new fort at D?troit. Fort society, however, makes C?cile and Lesharo miserable. Torn between two worlds, they can only be free in the wild. But freedom will not come easily. One terrible night, C?cile is forced to make a dreadful choice ?
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Maxine Trottier, award-winning author of numerous picture books, novels and non-fiction works, was born in Grosse Point Farms, Michigan, and moved to Canada with her family at the age of ten. Her inspiration as an author has often come from her ancestors ? French habitants and the Miami people. Maxine lives with her husband, William, in Port Stanley, Ontario.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8–This engaging piece of historical fiction begins in Québec in 1703. Witnessing the branding of a Pawnee "indien" slave, Cécile Chesne buys the young man to save him from further abuse and to ensure his freedom. Deeply indebted, Lesharo accompanies the teen and her father, a coureur de bois, on their journey to Détroit. On the road, the travelers are on equal footing and forge a friendship based on mutual respect. However, when they arrive at the fort, it is clear that its residents expect Lesharo to assume a subservient role. A violent confrontation forces Cécile and her father to make a painful decision. In addition to providing a rich historical background and vividly re-creating the sense of wilderness, Trottier has drawn her characters and their relationships in a fully satisfying manner. There is plenty of action and a sweet romance in the mix as well.–Elizabeth Fernandez, Brunswick Middle School, Greenwich, CT
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Book Description Kids Can Press, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11155337519X
Book Description Kids Can Press, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 155337519X
Book Description Kids Can Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 155337519X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0989866