The war between Great Britain and the United States was a bitter one. For two years, from the summer of 1812 to the winter of 1814, fierce and bloody battles were fought.
Laura Secord never thought of herself as brave. She was gentle, shy, and soft-spoken. But she was brave. When American officers took over her home, demanding food, she heard them boasting about a plan that would give them an easy victory over the British troops. Laura's husband, James, would have gladly warned the British, but he had been badly injured. It fell to Laura to make the grueling trip.
Janet Lunn, one of the country's finest writers of historical fiction, recounts the tale of Laura's dreadful journey with fresh detail and masterly prose. Her writing is perfectly complemented by Maxwell Newhouse's astounding paintings.
About Janet Lunn
Tundra’s JANET LUNN is the author of several award-winning books, including The Root Cellar, Come to the Fair, and, with Christopher Moore, The Story of Canada. Her honors include the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award, and the Vicky Metcalfe Award for a Body of Work. She has been awarded the Order of Ontario, and is a member of the Order of Canada. She was born in Dallas, Texas, grew up in rural Vermont, and has lived in Canada for over fifty years. Janet Lunn now resides in Ottawa.
About Maxwell Newhouse
MAXWELL NEWHOUSE is a highly accomplished folk artist whose work has been widely exhibited in galleries across Canada. He has illustrated the critically acclaimed The RCMP Musical Ride, written by the artist himself, as well as Laura Secord: A Story of Courage, Emily Carr: At the Edge of the World, Let’s Go for a Ride – a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award in Children’s Illustration – and The House That Max Built.
"Lunn is an accomplished and award-winning historical writer, telling the story in conversational, easy-to-read style. She adds many realistic details about Laura's journey across country that emphasize the perils and hardships of Laura's task. The folk art of Maxwell Newhouse...is the perfect artistic accompaniment to the text."
"A round of applause for the latest Laura...which gives readers an excellent story and the broadest appreciation for the time period...A fitting tribute to a determined woman, this book inspires readers to hope that each of us, if called upon, could be so noble."
-Quill & Quire
"Eager and confident young readers wanting a new glimpse at a familiar hero should give this sweet read a taste."