Details"A century is only a spoke in the wheel of everlasting time." -Louis Riel.
In 1885, Batoche is a dangerous place to be! The discovery of a magic pocket watch at the Batoche National Historical Site hurls Max, Kaeleigh and Liam back in time to the eve of the greatest battle fought in the North West: the Battle of Batoche!
The North West Field Force sent by Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald is about to attack the Métis of the small village. Soldiers march and the bell of Batoche rings out in warning as the three time-travelling siblings, together with their new friend Isidore, find a way to help Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel lead their people during the North West Resistance. It's an adventure like nothing they could have imagined, full of danger, intrigue and mystery!
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ISBN 9781927756201 Publication Date Jun 5, 2014 Author Chad, Cheryl Illustrator No Pages 136 Size 5.00″ x 7.00″
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- Resource Links, vol. 20. 2. December 2014
Max, Kaeleigh, and Liam, on vacation with their grandmother in Saskatchewan, find themselves at the Batoche National Historic Site. They are enjoying their visit with a new friend, Izzy, when they are swept up in a bizarre wind storm. Moments later, they realize they've travelled back through time to May 1885, on the eve of the North West Resistance. Soon they must find a way to support their new Métis friends without disrupting the course of Canadian history.
I found Back to Batoche a bright little book that marks an important moment in Canadian history interesting and accessible for younger readers, particularly those outside the Prairies, who may not be familiar with the events of the Resistance. This quick-moving novel will help readers see figures like Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont as real people with friends and families, with rich and varied lives. Certainly, the author has made the brutality of the events leading up to the Resistance much gentler, but she has remained true to the complex and shifting loyalties of the people involved. There is considerable fact mixed in with the adventure, and this book will encourage at least some readers to want to learn more about the North West Resistance.
I'd like to see this book in libraries across Canada. It's a fine extension resource for social studies curricula and offers enough excitement to appeal to even reluctant readers. Better still, the novel ends with the suggestion of a sequel featuring Max and his siblings in Craigellachie - something I'm looking forward to reading!
- SPG Book Review
Back to Batoche is a funny, light-hearted story about three kids who travel back in time to Batoche on the eve of the Battle for Batoche, the famous battle between the Riel Resistance and the North West Field Force. This novel sees the great battle from the point of view of the three Dory children who are the main characters of this story, so while the subject matter is serious in nature, it would not fail to keep the young reader in question engaged and amused by the children’s travels and adventures.
“A century is only a spoke in the wheel of everlasting time.” – Louis Riel
The novel begins by introducing the Dory siblings, Max, Liam, and Kaeleigh, who go on a trip with their grandmother to see Batoche Historic National Park. Upon arrival at the majestic National Park, the three siblings go on a tour of the landmark church and other sites around Batoche, and meet a strange and mysterious Metis fiddler boy by the name of Isidore Pilon . While exploring the old church, the children find an intriguing pocket watch in one of the wings of the wooden angel statue in the church. Winding up the watch sends them on a magical journey they could have never imagined—into the past.
In the past, the three children meet Isidore’s great-great grandfather, also named Isidore Pilon, and he takes them on a journey not soon forgotten to meet Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. But when the watch is coveted by an evil fellow time-traveller, a strange onlooker who notices the children’s presence, the children are in danger. Finally, with the help of some of Isidore’s friends and family, it is up to Max, Liam, and Kenleigh to convince Louis Riel about faith and how much he will need it on the eve of the battle of his life, so that they can keep the watch out of someone else’s prying hands and not alter the hands of time.
An accomplished author of children’s stories, as well as a prolific non-fiction writer, Chad was a federal public servant until 2009. Her latest outstanding release in Young Adult fiction that highlights the great and tragic history of the Saskatchewan Prairies, Cheryl Chad’s entertaining and engrossing novel Back to Batoche is not to be missed by any reader, young or old.