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Belle of Batoche
By author: Jacqueline Guest
Selling Points: Riel rebellion, family
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2004
Pages: 144
Fiction Ages 8-11
Price:  $7.95
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Belle hadn't meant to stay so long. It must be after eight o'clock, way past breakfast. How was she going to explain? Suddenly Belle stopped, listening intently as an unfamiliar sound drifted to her on the early morning breeze. Then she recognized what it was. Gunfire! Batoche was under attack!

Belle, an 11-year-old Métis 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.
CM Magazine - November 26, 2004
"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."
CD Syndicated - October 21, 2004
"The book is both satisfying storytelling as well as a terrific history lesson."
Resource Links - September 1, 2004
"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."
Canadian Book Review Annual - September 1, 2004
"An extremely fine work of historical fiction." "Highly recommended."


CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2005
Red Cedar nominee, short-listed  CA  2007


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