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The Lady at Batoche

Author: David Richards
ISBN: 9781895449877 Categories: Juvenile Fiction, Historical, Military & Wars
Publication Date: 25 October, 2006
Dimensions: 4.26 x 6.98"

Winner of the 1999 Saskatchewan Book Award for Young Adult Fiction

The Lady at Batoche is a story of three young people who are changed forever by the brutal simplicities of battle. It shares the same meticulous research and vivid recreation of history as Soldier Boys but also answers some puzzling riddles of the Métis rebellion: why did Gabriel Dumont put such faith in the unworldly visions of Louis Riel? Why were the implacable enemies, Dakota and Cree warriors, both on the Métis side? And how did the Métis get outflanked by General Middleton’s forces?

About the Author

DAVID RICHARDS’ education at the Royal Military College in Kingston and his experience as a member of the Canadian Army for six years provided him with the perfect background to explore his fictional territories. First there was Soldier Boys (Thistledown Press, 1993) that transformed the Northwest Rebellion from a “history lesson into a human drama.” Next came Lady at Batoche (Thistledown Press, 1999) that rewrote the Gabriel Dumont/ Louis Riel mythology and won a Saskatchewan Book Award. In 2007, The Plough’s Share vividly encompassed late nineteenth century England, the Boer War, and Canada’s Barr Colonist experience. In The Source of Light (2011) Richards focuses his attention, research and storytell;ing on science and technology. David Richards lives in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for part of the year and Tahsis, a beautiful ocean village on the west coast of Vancouver Island, for the rest of the year.

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