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A Rebel's Daughter: The 1837 Rebellion Diary of Arabella Stevenson (Dear Canada)

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After her father is jailed for taking part in the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion in Toronto, Arabella’s upper-class mother is unable to cope. It is up to twelve-year-old Arabella to take care of herself and to pray for her father’s safe return.
201 pages
Published 2006 by Scholastic Canada
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kayla
Apr 02, 2016 kayla rated it it was ok
giant buzzkill
Rita Bailey
Dec 28, 2014 Rita Bailey rated it it was amazing
Arabella Stevenson attends a private school and has servants, but her upper-class lifestyle is turned on its head when her barrister father is jailed for his part in the Rebellion of 1837. Her brother has disappeared, her mother sits and sulks, and Arabella is forced to support herself by working as a scullery maid in the home of a former classmate. Worse yet, she is forced to endure the agony of not knowing whether she will ever see her beloved father again.

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Georgia
Feb 20, 2015 Georgia rated it it was amazing
Young Arabella Stevenson has lived a comfortable upper class life in the growing city of Toronto, Upper Canada. But lately her barrister (lawyer) father has been talking with "suspicious" characters who want to reform the colony's heavily English-immigrant influenced government. Finally, there unrest explodes in open rebellion and Arabella and her mother are left penniless after their father is jailed and after their son/brother runs away. Mrs. Stevenson does not believe that they have no money ...more
Emma
Aug 09, 2009 Emma rated it it was amazing
i loved this book, it taught me sooooooo much about the rebellion. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Meaghan Steeves
Dec 13, 2015 Meaghan Steeves rated it really liked it
This is difficult to rate. On the one hand it took me 40 pages to get into it (and for such a small book that's a lot), but once I did I became enthralled with her story and grew to really admire the main character, Arabella. Then I got to the epilogue and it kind of ruined everything; it felt like the author was just trying to fill space with useless information and shouldn't have been the one to write this story in the first place. It felt rushed and sloppy at times.
Twyla
Mar 06, 2016 Twyla rated it it was amazing
In this book, arabella's father gets put in the gaol and can't earn money, so her family goes poor. They move to a small apartment, and Arabella's brother Charlie runs away. Then arabella's mother sends Arabella away and she has to work as a scullery maid. I learned that bad things can turn good. Auryn 12 yeasr old, 2016
Sheila
Aug 03, 2013 Sheila rated it liked it
The second Juvenile book I have read in the Dear Canada series. I chose this book because I wanted to learn more about the 1837 Rebellion in Eastern Canada. Arabella Stevenson is a 12 year old girl, the daughter of a Barrister. At the beginning of the book, the rebellion has just started. Arabella's father has been arrested and sent to jail for his part in the confrontation. Her 15 year old brother is missing. Arabella's mother cannot cope and remains in her bedroom. Through diary entries, we le ...more
Madison
May 08, 2014 Madison rated it really liked it
Great book
Emily Messer
Mar 18, 2013 Emily Messer rated it really liked it
My first Dear Canada ever and it got me hooked. It was well written and believable. It didn't feel like I was learning but I was. It was really sad and I wanted to just hug Arabella and comfort her. It was interesting and fun to read with a few twists.
Meghan
Sep 14, 2013 Meghan rated it really liked it
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Wished the story talked more about the actual rebellion so I would have known what it was about before the historical note. The story was very good and I could sympathize for Arabella with all the changes in her situation.
Jenna Leigh
Jun 07, 2013 Jenna Leigh rated it liked it
Great contribution to the series! I thought that Arabella was a strong protagonist, and I'll be reading it again soon... once I haul all of my childhood books out of storage!
Nicole
Jan 19, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
Not the best of the series, but not the worst either. It really, really excelled at explaining the life of a scullary maid, though the actual rebellion not so much.
Renae
Apr 22, 2012 Renae rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Arabella is a great heroine--a little bit Jane Eyre, a little bit Burnett's Little Princess--who is genuinely likable.

Jessie
Nov 07, 2012 Jessie rated it it was amazing
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Another great historical book for younger readers!
Jo
May 22, 2015 Jo rated it really liked it
Canadian historical fiction for ages 8 +
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Another book I have to read!
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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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