Belle of Batoche

  • Pages:144
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:Riel rebellion, family, ownvoices, Riel resistance, North-West resistance
  • Pub Date:09/01/2004
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • ATOS:5.5
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:P
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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.

"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."
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"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
CCBC Our Choice   | 2005  |  Commended
Red Cedar nominee   | 2007  |  Short-listed