Blood brothers in Louisbourg by Philip Roy
Published by Cape Breton University Press; c2012
Genre: Canadian historical fiction ; First Nations history
Alternating chapters gives the reader a dual perspective to two time lines that are on an intersecting course unknown to the central characters — Jacques and Two-feathers.
During the reign of King Louis XV, a young French educated teen, suddenly finds himself ripped from the fabric of all that is familiar. He sets sail on a ship bound to New France into the unknown, with a father he hardly knows.
Arriving at Fortress Louisbourg, young Jacques dons an ill-fitting uniform and is thrust into the harsh, unforgiving military world that his father idolizes.
At a similar moment in time, in the untamed wilderness surrounding the Fortress, a young Mi’kmaq warrior called Two-feathers is on his own quest to find the father he never met.
This is the story of two young men – “both seeking to understand their father” unknowingly linked by the bonds of their heritage.
Mr. Roy has created a moving historical tale that touches on a part of Canada’s past that is often overlooked — observations from both inhabitants – those ‘discovering’ Canada and from the First Nations.
It is an engaging story that can be used as a read aloud as it ties in with the school curriculum and can spark many debates and /or discussions within the classroom!
Grade Level: Grade 7 -9
Interest level: Grade 6-9