The Way Lies North

The Way Lies North

Book - 2007
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For ages 9+. This young adult historical novel focuses on Charlotte and her family, Loyalists who are forced to flee their home in the Mohawk Valley as a result of the violence of the "Sons of Freedom" during the American Revolution. At the beginning, fifteen-year-old Charlotte Hooper is separated from her sweetheart, Nick, who sympathises with the Rebels. The war has already taken the lives of her three brothers, and it is with a sense of desperation that Charlotte and her parents begin the long trek north to the safety of Fort Carleton. Along the way they are joined by other Loyalists who have been burnt out. The novel portrays Charlotte's struggle on the difficult journey north, and the even more difficult task of making a new home in British Canada. In her relationship with Nick, the novel explores the complexity of the ideals of the American revolution and how these ideals were undermined by a revolutionary ethos of violence and manifest destiny. In the flight north, the Mohawk nation plays an important role, and Charlotte learns much about their customs and way of life, to the point where she is renamed "Woman of Two Worlds". Later in the novel she is able to repay her Native friends when she plays an important part in helping the Oneidas, who originally sided with the Americans, to become members of the Iroquois confederacy under British protection. The story of Charlotte's journey north is a tale of paradise lost and a new world gained. It is also the love story of Charlotte and Nick and their reconciliation of political differences. The title reflects both the family's quest to find a new home and also Charlotte's personal growth through the novel. Strong and capable, Charlotte breaks the stereotype of the 18th-century female. The relationship between the Loyalists and the natives is developed in such a positive light that this novel has the potential to be an effective teaching tool. But it is not purely history. The fictional element makes this book a great read for anyone.
Publisher: Vancouver : Ronsdale Press, 2007
ISBN: 9781553800484
Branch Call Number: J FIC Baxte 3558jv 1
Characteristics: 340 p


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Readers may want to read more stories by Jean Baxter about United Empire Loyalists fleeing to Canada: "Broken Trail", "Freedom Bound" and "Hope's Journey".

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Sep 01, 2013

The author is a Hamiltonian.

great book. historical fiction. of the loyalists in the states. good read.

allydo5 Apr 14, 2009

good book in general but boring in some parts.

mapler12 Apr 07, 2009

This was a really good book and this has happened before in history so the book got my attention and i would definitely recommend it to friends and family.

mapler111 Apr 02, 2009

i liked this book because it has happened before and i also liked the way the author had explained what happened.

xoRoxyxo Apr 01, 2009

The reason why I picked this book is because, I thought the front page looked pretty interesting same with the pictures :P

sk Mar 30, 2009

An uplifting story about our country's history. It clearly outlines the way Americans were seperated and how Loyalists were trated. I found this book awesome. I thought it was going to be boring but it was interesting.

jil14 Mar 30, 2009

This book had a lot of history in it and it was interesting. The book ended very suddenly though and too many events happened all at once.

vc_angel Mar 30, 2009

Ummmm, I would say it's a quick read book because I read it in like, lets say, TWO hours?! Nothing interesting either. Lots of mushy romance in it as well. Hmph. I gave it an average.

mack450328 Mar 27, 2009

the way lies north was a great book it was a good love story

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Mar 25, 2009

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sk Mar 30, 2009

A book about a loyalist girl who must move with her family to Canada in hopes of living. After she leaves, she settles in Carleton island. She is very depressed because she left her sweetheart who is on the opposing side behind. But when she discovers he might've changed his mind, she becomes urging to see him again.


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