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Blood Upon Our Land :The North West Resistance Diary Of Josephine Bouvier (Dear Canada)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  258 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A young girl watches as the Métis 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 Métis moved here after the 1870 Riel Rebellion in Manitoba left them disallusioned. But life in Batoche is difficult. The buffalo on wh ...more
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Published 2009
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Rebecca
Dec 18, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
Josephine Bouvier is a Metis girl whose father and grandfather are assisting Louis Riel in his rebellion against the government who has threatened their land and their way of life. I didn't really get this one until I read the historical blurb at the end. She was naming names and places I had no idea had any sort of historical significance for my country. So my 3 stars comes from this new knowledge that I carry because of this book.

However, I found the character of Josephine a little lacking in
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Georgia
Mar 01, 2015 Georgia rated it really liked it
Miss Josephine Bouvier has lived in the town of Batoche in the District of Saskatchewan her entire life. But her familiar Métis lifestyle is about to be changed forever. The eighteen year old nation of Canada wants to expand westward in order to bring in settlers and drive the economy. The problem is that the Métis and other Native tribes have called the prairies home for centuries. The Métis feel that the Government is invading land that was promised to them and they bring in a courageous man, ...more
Rebecca
Sep 18, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Twelve-year-old Josephine Bouvier and her family are Métis, descended from Cree Indians and French Canadians. They have their own unique culture, with a mixture of Native and French traditions, and are devout Catholics. The Bouviers live a peaceful life on their farm in Batoche, Saskatchewan, after being forced to leave their previous home because of white settlers shortly before Josephine was born. Josephine's mother died two years ago, and her biggest worry is adjusting to her new stepmother, ...more
Shanelle
Mar 24, 2016 Shanelle rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Canada's history
Although Maxine Trottier is one of my favourite authors I did find it hard to remain focused while reading this story. It wasn't until the end that I really enjoyed reading this book, especially after reading the historical note and epilogue. Once you got past the beginning, the story really picked up from there and was very interesting.
Jenna Leigh
Jun 03, 2013 Jenna Leigh rated it it was ok
It's been a long time since I read this book, so my memory is somewhat sketchy. However, I do remember finding it interesting in some ways because I was interested in Louis Riel's story, having just seen the '79 film, Riel, and read some other things about him.

I didn't find this one as interesting as other books in the Dear Canada series, though. My memory is that Josephine was kind of an insipid character. I think there was a lot of French phrases/place names, and since I don't speak French, th
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Terri
Jun 08, 2013 Terri rated it liked it
Given that I will be teaching grade six Canadian history (1867-present) next year, I thought I should take a look at this series. I found the book absolutely fascinating and spot on in terms of reading and content level. It gives a solid sense of how a young person might have experienced the events of the time. I dare anyone not to cry while reading about the Battle of Batoche and the epilogue.
Shanelle
Nov 04, 2014 Shanelle rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to read about Canadian history
Another book from the Dear Canada series that provides information on Canada's history. Blood Upon Our Land is a longer book in the series, but I found it hard to be interested in the story of Josephine Bouvier. The events were slow coming and by the time they unraveled, I was a bit bored of the storyline. I felt the story was a bit repetitive and needed more variety for the daily events.
Renae
May 24, 2012 Renae rated it really liked it
Sometimes I get a little disturbed by how much I don't know. This was another of those times. It bugs me that I grew up in Michigan and knew nothing about our Northern neighbors.
Gab McLaren
Feb 26, 2013 Gab McLaren rated it really liked it
This book taught me more about my heritage and Canada's history than the education system did.
Gennifer Miller
May 08, 2015 Gennifer Miller rated it it was ok
Definitely not one of the happier Dear Canada stories. I found it difficult to finish.
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