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1812 : Jeremy and the General

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Jeremy Fields is fifteen. His parents are dead, and his family's farm has been stolen from him. He sets out on the road to York, not knowing what his future will be and not really caring. So it comes as a surprise to Jeremy - and everyone else - when he finds himself in the British army, batman to General Isaac Brock, and in the middle of a war.

The year is 1812. The Americ
Library Binding, 172 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Maxwell Macmillan Canada (first published 1991)
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Set at the beginning of the War of 1812, this seemed to be an appropriate book to read, as it would help me with the teaching of this period in history. Like so many books, the beginning quickly throws the main character, Jeremy, into conflict with his family and leaves him with nothing. When the opportunity comes to join the army, Jeremy takes the opportunity and thus begins his adventure.

I picked this book up because of the historical connection to the curriculum.

I finished the book because I
I'd read this book before it was assigned in class and associated that with the reason why I enjoyed it when my classmates hated it. The running theory was (and is to some extent true) that books are fun as long as you don't have to read them. Again, it strikes me as so important for young Canadians to have Canadian stories available to them. It was also important to know that "batman" meant something other than a caped comic-book vigilante.

The weird thing was that I could never tell if I had a
Oct 22, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian-history
Worldview - Universally Acceptable

Read Aloud 10 yrs+
Independent Reader 12 yrs+

Location - Queenston Heights, Upper Canada
Time Period - 1812


Newly orphaned and swindled out of his rightful inheritance by his greedy uncle, fifteen-year-old Jeremy has no way to support himself. Full of resentment he sets off to the city of York to make his own way in the world. When a bridge collapses beneath him a passing regiment of British soldiers rescue him. With no other prospects, Jeremy lie
This is one of those books I read in middle school I decided to revisit again. I was completely fascinated by the War of 1812 in middle school so I loved that there was actually a book about it for my age bracket. Reading it now, I think there is something lacking. Perhaps an even stronger moral lesson about war in general was needed. I enjoyed reading about General Brock, of course. He seems something of a legend reading history books and it was nice to see him from this point of view. Overall ...more
Nov 29, 2009 rabbitprincess rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: teacher
This book may have been better had my teacher at the time not insisted on reading the whole thing aloud to us. We were in middle school, for pete's sake, and were more than capable of reading to ourselves (and for those who couldn't, that's what extra help from the teacher is for). Also, she got way more engaged with the characters than we did... so that was weird for us. No good memories from this book.
This book is about Jeremy Fields, 15 year old boy who joins the war of 1812. He started put to be on the lower level of the war. General Issac Brook needed a new batman. Which simply means that he needed his own servant or assistant who would help General Brook send messages during the war. Jeremy has learnt a lot from the General Brook. Will Jeremy survive the war? Read the book to find more about it!!
Mar 18, 2011 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember much about the book but I do remember being on the edge of my seat and wondering what was going to happen next. I had to keep going and wasn't happy until it was over.
I plan to re-read it in the future. After that I will be able to give a far better review.
Diana Sandberg
Well done. An account from the point of view of a fictional colonial 15yo who joins up with the army and becomes Brock's batman in 1812. Well written, a good story first but also sheds light on the events of that time. Nominally a kids' book, but it kept me reading.
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Sep 19, 2011 Brendon Haithcock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a good book, started out slow, but near the end I couldn't get enough.
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