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The true story of a girl torn between the people she loves most.

In this true tale of the American Revolution, Janet Lunn tells the story of Charlotte Haines, a young girl who must face one of the cruel realities of war – family division. Tensions mount in the aftermath of the rebel victory in New York. Charlotte’s father supports the rebel Patriots and has broken all ties...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 25th 1998 by Tundra Books (first published April 1st 1998)
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Jul 16, 2011 Gundula rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children interested in the American Revolution and the history of the Loyalists
In this lushly illustrated, emotionally wrenching true tale of the American Revolution, Janet Lunn tells the story of young Charlotte Haines, who has to face one of the cruel realities of war, family division, and how different, conflicting ideals and philosophies can not only tear families apart, but can turn naturally stubborn, unbending individuals into absolute tyrants.

Charlotte is ten years old and lives in New York City. It is the year 1783 and she faces a major, emotionally wrenching dil...more
Lisa Vegan
Jul 29, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids who have difficult home lives, including foster children; history & historical fiction fans
Recommended to Lisa by: Gundula
Wow! This true story packed quite an emotional punch.

I had a problem with how slavery was glossed over, until I got to the point where Charlotte’s father did what he did regarding her, then I realized that this was simply a different portrait of a whole other era and was told from its point of view.

I have this on my non-fiction, history, biography and also my fiction & historical fiction shelves. While it’s the true story of ten-year-old Charlotte with a note at the end telling what happened...more
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So I didn't realize that some Loyalists were exiled after the Revolutionary War. In Charlotte, a young girl's uncle and his family are being forced to up and relocate to Nova Scotia. When Charlotte defies her father and says goodbye to her cousins, he calls her a traitor and "exiles" her from the family home. Without any other options, she travels with her uncle and aunt to the British colony.

Interesting stuff, but I really wish the author had spent more time on Charlotte's new life in Nova Scot...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Oct 26, 2012 Cheryl in CC NV rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cheryl in CC NV by: Gundula
I never knew that the Loyalists were exiled after the War for American Independence. I guess I'm not surprised. But I am appalled that Charlotte's mother would let her father be so abusive. This is an important book, well done, but I can't imagine sharing it with my child. Maybe a teacher could share it with 9-10 year-olds? 3.5 stars because it's pretty good, objectively, but I didn't actually 'enjoy' it myself.
Sumaiyah Lee
It was a good chance to see the perspective of a girl during this time period.

I feel sorry for the girl, her father had banished her from her home just because she went to say bye to her cousins! :(

Braden was clearly upset by this book, but it brought about good conversation.
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Janet was born Janet Louise Swoboda on December 28, 1928 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A, moved to Vermont when she was two and lived there until she was ten when the family moved to the outskirts of New York City. She came to Canada in 1946 to go to Notre Dame College in Ottawa and then to Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. There she met and married Richard Lunn, a fellow student. She has lived in...more
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