History explodes around Belle and only she can save those trapped in the deadly battle.

bobcovers-2Belle and Sarah can’t stand each other. When both want to be the ringer of the new Batoche church bell, they must compete in an embroidery contest to win the position. Belle suspects Sarah of cheating, but before she can prove it, the 1885 Riel Rebellion explodes around them and the girls must work together to save themselves and their families, all thoughts of bell ringing forgotten.

Belle of Batoche is Jacqueline’s tenth book, published by Orca Book Publishers in 2004 and is the first book in the Tourond series. ISBN 1-55143-297-8

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Awards:

  • Ontario Library Association Best Bet Selection
  • Manitoba Education – Recommended Social Studies Learning Resource
  • Edmonton Public Schools Best of the Best Award
  • Canadian Children’s Book Center – Our Choice Award

Other Nominations:

Belle of Batoche was nominated for a Red Cedar award for 2006-2007! The Red Cedar is British Columbia’s Young Reader’s Choice book award. Every year thousands of children between grades 4 and 7 from across the province are invited to read books from the nominated lists of non-fiction and fiction titles and vote for their favourite.

Reviews:

“Written in third person, this book is a step back in time and brings the young reader right into the years of Louis Riel. Historical points of the period are mentioned, giving the reader a brief history lesson on the Rebellion years. 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. Recommended.”
Shelly Tyler, Reference Librarian with the Manitoba Department of Education Library in Winnipeg, MB.

“An extremely fine work of historical fiction. Highly recommended.”
Canadian Book Review Annual – September 1, 2004

“The book is both satisfying storytelling as well as a terrific history lesson.”
CD Syndicated – October 21, 2004

“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.”
Resource Links – September 1, 2004

“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 – November 26, 2004

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