Marie-Claire (Our Canadian Girl)
Published by Penguin Canada
A treasury of 4 novels set during and following a smallpox epidemic in 1885 Montreal.
Grades 3 to 7
Canadian history, Montreal, family, friendship, religion, class, disease, French-English relations
Offer to read the book to some women at a senior’s residence in your community. You may want to spread your reading over a few or several visits. On the day of your last visit, invite the women to talk about when they were girls. Ask how things were different from, and the same as, both now and when Marie-Claire was a girl.
Write a letter to Marie-Claire. Tell her what surprised you most about life in Montreal in 1885 as you read her story. Invite her to come (if she could) to visit you where you live. Mention what aspects of your home and community you think would surprise her most. (Since there’s no way (is there?) to send mail back in time, send your letter to Kathy Stinson instead. She may have a way of getting Marie-Claire to answer your letter.
Marie-Claire 1: Dark Spring was a Diamond Willow Award Nominee and a Starred Choice of the Canadian Children's Book Centre.
Marie-Claire 2: A Season of Sorrow was a Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award Nominee and a Starred Choice of the Canadian Children's Book Centre.