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Son of The Hounds
     

Son of The Hounds

by Robert Sutherland
 
A Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Favourites selection for 2005

Set in the Niagara Peninsula and based on actual events during the War of 1812, Robert Sutherland's Son of the Hounds is a fast-paced adventure story that examines two very different faces of freedom at a turbulent time in the history of Canada and the United States.

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A Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Favourites selection for 2005

Set in the Niagara Peninsula and based on actual events during the War of 1812, Robert Sutherland's Son of the Hounds is a fast-paced adventure story that examines two very different faces of freedom at a turbulent time in the history of Canada and the United States.

It is the story of the Cameron family, and the freedom they enjoy while carving out a new life and future in the Canadian wilderness.

In the aftermath of the battles at Queenston Heights, Lundy's Lane, Stoney Creek and Chrysler's Farm, it is the story of Yankee soldiers from across the border, fired with their own independence, and intent on freeing their Canadian neighbours from British rule.

Finally, it is the story of one young man's bravery in the face of danger, his capture by invading soldiers, his dramatic escape, and his realization that the fight for freedom is based not on his skills with a gun but in not losing faith in his beliefs

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The book is a fast paced story that will quickly capture the young reader's attention and hold them spellbound through the exploits and perils faced by young Jimmy Cameron. Son of the Hounds presents an interesting perspective on the fight for freedom from the American invasion of Canada. . . This is an excellent book as it places the Cameron family in context of actual events, times, and places during the war of 1812. What a fun and adventurous way to introduce the history of the war. This book is an excellent choice as it gives the young American student a different perspective of what the American military was like after the War for Independence. It also gives a peek into the heart and mind of those who were seeking their own freedom in the Canadian wilderness just north of the then Untied States."

-- Lane Education Service District (4 out of 5 Stars)

"This is middle school historical fiction with a twist. The story takes place during the War of 1812 on the US/Canadian border. The Yankees, especially Captain Chapin, are the villains. The fast-paced, suspenseful story makes for good recreational reading."

-- KLIATT

Children's Literature
"Son of the hounds come here and get flesh." That is the ancient battle cry of the Cameron clan. And it is up to the boy, Jimmy Cameron, to sound that cry. The time is 1812. Jimmy lives with his mother and father in the Canadian wilderness. Yankees from the United States have crossed the border, invading Canada under the guise of freeing the citizens from "the yoke of the English tyrants." Many of the Canadians, however, are loyal to England, having fled north during the American Revolutionary War. They want freedom, not from the British, but from the Yankee invaders. Jimmy, who is too young to join the Canadian militia, is determined to do his part just the same. Filled with many actual historical figures and events, this suspense-filled book tells the story of how one person—even if he is only a boy—can make a difference. Originally published in Canada, it chronicles a period in history which is not given a lot of attention in U.S. textbooks. Told from the Canadian perspective, it is a great way for American readers to learn how their country and its history might be seen by others. Those who love history, particularly boys, will enjoy reading about Jimmy Cameron and his adventures. The book can also be used to supplement the curriculum when teaching U.S./Canadian history and the War of 1812. 2005 (orig. 1988), Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ages 8 to 12.
—Pat Trattles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550419061
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Robert Sutherland is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.

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