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Laura Secord

A Story of Courage

by Janet Lunn
illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse

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list price: $10.99
also available: Hardcover
published: 2012
publisher: Tundra

The war between Great Britain and the United States was a bitter one. For two years, from the summer of 1812 to the winter of 1814, fierce and bloody battles were fought.

Laura Secord never thought of herself as brave. She was gentle, shy, and soft-spoken. But she was brave. When American officers took over her home, demanding food, she heard them boasting about a plan that would give them an easy victory over the British troops. Laura's husband, James, would have gladly warned the British, but he had been badly injured. It fell to Laura to make the grueling trip.

Janet Lunn, one of the country's finest writers of historical fiction, recounts the tale of Laura's dreadful journey with fresh detail and masterly prose. Her writing is perfectly complemented by Maxwell Newhouse's astounding paintings.

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JANET LUNN is one of Canada's best-known writers for children and young adults. She is a winner of the Governor General's Literary Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for Body of Work, has an honorary doctorate from Queen's University, is a recipient of the Order of Ontario, and is a member of the Order of Canada.

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Editorial Review

"Lunn is an accomplished and award-winning historical writer, telling the story in conversational, easy-to-read style. She adds many realistic details about Laura's journey across country that emphasize the perils and hardships of Laura's task. The folk art of Maxwell Newhouse...is the perfect artistic accompaniment to the text."

"A round of applause for the latest Laura...which gives readers an excellent story and the broadest appreciation for the time period...A fitting tribute to a determined woman, this book inspires readers to hope that each of us, if called upon, could be so noble."
-Quill & Quire

"Eager and confident young readers wanting a new glimpse at a familiar hero should give this sweet read a taste."
-Hamilton Spectator

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