Acts of Courage: Laura Secord and the War of 1812

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In Acts of Courage, Connie Brummel Crook dramatizes the life of one of Canada's most enduring heroines, Laura Secord. From young Laura Ingersoll's early days in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, amidst the turmoil that followed the American Revolutionary War, the story outlines her father's difficult decision to move his family to Upper Canada. Laura's subsequent meeting and courtship with James Secord is described against the backdrop of homesteading in the Niagara Peninsula and of enduring the imminent threat of...

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In Acts of Courage, Connie Brummel Crook dramatizes the life of one of Canada's most enduring heroines, Laura Secord. From young Laura Ingersoll's early days in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, amidst the turmoil that followed the American Revolutionary War, the story outlines her father's difficult decision to move his family to Upper Canada. Laura's subsequent meeting and courtship with James Secord is described against the backdrop of homesteading in the Niagara Peninsula and of enduring the imminent threat of American invasion. These first sections of the book provide the background for Laura's courageous rescue of her husband from the battlefield at Queenston Heights, and her even more amazing trek to warn Col. FitzGibbon of the American's secret plans to attack the British outpost at Beaver Dams. Laura's extraordinary life, peopled with characters like Joseph Brant and Col. Fitzgibbon, is given even more poignancy and interest by the author's inventive and surprising characterization of the young FitzGibbon, by her acute eye for historical detail, and through her insights into the character of a young woman whose acts of courage have captured the imagination of generations of young Canadians.

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Editorial Reviews

Quill & Quire
Given her knowledge of the subject, it's not surprising that Crook's attention to detail and setting is excellent, providing the reader with insight into the social and political situations of the time. The use of primary resources - such as weaving the testimony of Secord's granddaughter into a character's dialogue - is a nice touch that highlights Secord's bravery.
CM Magazine
Acts of Courage, an accurate, accessible novel, is timely for the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812 . . . Readers of all ages like to learn new things while they are being entertained and will appreciate Crook's care and skill in painting a detailed, fascinating picture of Laura's times.
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Connie Brummel Crook has created an exceptional account of what would or could have been Laura Secord's life. She depicts vivid landscapes and interiors of the 19th century with exquisite imagery . . . A love story, with war, passion, humanity; it is a dynamic and fascinating story that demonstrates the implacable resolve of women in that period. It is something that can be admired by all.
Quill & Quire
"Crook's attention to detail and setting is excellent, providing the reader with insight into the social and political situations of the time. The use of primary resources—such as weaving the testimony of Secord's granddaughter into a character's dialogue—is a nice touch that highlights Secord's bravery...Provides an opportunity to see Secord's resourcefulness, compassion, and independent spirit on full display."
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—In this novel, Laura Ingersoll Secord grows from a curious 12-year-old in Massachusetts to a fearless heroine in Upper Canada. The book is based on the true story of an American family trying to prosper during the years leading up to the War of 1812. Laura's father is a captain in the American militia who travels frequently. After years of fighting rebel discord, he moves his family north to create a new settlement in Upper Canada. Laura marries genteel James Secord, a businessman and Loyalist, who fought to protect Upper Canada. Her journey to heroism and fame begins here. After boldly rescuing James, injured in battle, she overhears American soldiers planning a surprise attack on Canadian troops. Laura embarks on a dangerous 19-mile journey past enemy lines, through snake-filled swamps and rocky terrain, to warn the soldiers. This decision leads to the Canadian victory at the Battle of Beaver Dams. The rich and detailed descriptions of the rigorous lifestyle settlers endured in the early 19th century will enthrall readers. However, the book's division into three parts by major events in Laura's life may make it difficult for some children to follow her rapid age progression. Ultimately, though, Secord's story is a great way for students to learn about the politics of the period and the relationship between the United States and Canada during post-Revolutionary War times. Maps of the Ingersolls' journey to Canada and Laura's walk are sure to pique students' interest and encourage further research.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
Kirkus Reviews
Written from a Canadian perspective, this well-researched and -documented historical novel offers young readers a fascinating perspective on the events following the American Revolution and leading up to the War of 1812. Laura Ingersoll Secord spent her early years in Great Barrington, Mass., before emigrating with her parents to Upper Canada (Southern Ontario) during the tumultuous years following the American Revolution and Shay's Rebellion. Although sometimes the historical details threaten to overwhelm the story, and the dialogue seems stilted, for the most part pivotal and gripping incidents propel the story forward. These incidents also reveal Laura's strength of character, building a believable foundation for her rescue of her husband and her dramatic journey on foot to warn the Canadians of an impending American attack during the War of 1812. Covering a span of over 25 years, from 1787 through 1813, the tension between history and story keeps the book from being entirely successful as either. Nevertheless, the author tells a good story and presents some fascinating and little-known history (including such issues as slavery, economics, and social justice) in an interesting way. A historical note, sources and maps supplement the account. An opportunity for American children to see a little-known war through a rarely considered lens. (Historical fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780986949579
  • Publisher: Pajama Press Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Connie Brummel Crook is a historian, former teacher and the author of more than a dozen historical books for children that often focus on the history of Upper Canada. Meyers' Rebellion was a Geoffrey Bilson Fiction Award finalist; her picture book Maple Moon was a Storytelling World Honour Title winner; and her most recent novel, Acts of Courage: Laura Secord and the War of 1812, was shortlisted in two categories for the Word Guild Awards. Connie lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

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