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Children's LiteratureThis novel is based on the true story of Marguerite de La Rocque, one of the first French women to set foot in the Canadian wilderness after her uncle, Captain Jacques Cartier, made his journey in 1536. The brave Marguerite is exiled to the "Isle of Demons" by her uncle after she follows her heart and goes against strict Huguenot beliefs. She must survive the danger of the island with only her two closest companions and a trunk of bare-minimum supplies. This is not the French manor where she was accustomed to hard work, but a place where she must struggle for her basic needs such as shelter, water and food so that she may return to France and uphold the promise she made to her younger sister. Goodman takes historic accounts of Marguerite written in the 16th century and spins a story of true heroism. This work of historical fiction is a coming-of-age novel set in the harshest of locations. Marguerite's journey from being the unloved child in France to the wife, friend, mother, and survivor of her isolated paradise will keep readers wondering how she could survive. The author's characterization of the young girl helps to bring this history alive and illustrates some of the ideals of the time. 2002, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 12 up.