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Whispers of War
on May 27, 2006
Whispers of War: The War of 1812 Diary of Susanna Merritt by Kit Pearson is an excellent work of historical fiction showing the dangerous time of a little-known war through the eyes of an eleven-year-old girl.
Susanna Merritt lives peacefully on a farm with her parents, sister Maria, and brother Hamilton in a small farm town near Niagara, Upper Canada. Though her life is hardly peaceful during the brink of the War of 1812. Susanna's father and her brother are willing to fight the King against America, but many families in Upper Canada are Americans, and are reluctant to fight. This includes Susanna's best friend, Abbie Seabrook---Abbie's father will do anything not to fight. And now that war has finally erupted, all the men in the Merritt farm are gone, leaving Susanna, Maria, their mother, and their servant woman, Tabitha. The fateful battle of Queenston Heights is approaching... will Susanna and her family remain safe and alive?
Kit Pearson has done a very good job weaving the tale of a young Canadian farm girl during the early 1800's, and also living the life of a female during a war. I especially enjoyed this book because Susanna is based on the author's great-great-great grandmother, Susan Merritt, who, supposedly, according to family myth, buckled on General Brock's sword for the battle of Queenston Heights. (Which Susanna did.) This book is an excellent addition to the Dear Canada series.