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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.

Hgihly recommended!
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Not one of my favourites, which was a disappointment as I live in the Niagara region and was looking forward to this one. I've read some of Pearson's historicals and she's a fine author, but somehow I failed to connect with this book. The story was very slow until the ending Battle of Queenston Heights. But most of all the book failed to convince me of its time period. With most of the story being day-to-day life for the characters during this time, I completely forgot we were in the Napoleonic era as the voice was much more modern. OK, but should have been better.
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on February 2, 2003
As an American, I enjoyed reading about the War of 1812 from an Canadian perspective. Susanna Merritt is a young girl living near Niagara, Canada in 1812. Susanna fears for her family as the war begins and also her best friend, Abbie Seabrook, because the Seabrooks are Americans reluctant to fight their home country. She begins a diary and writes about what happens to her family in the first several months of the war. I'd reccomend this book to readers who like historical fiction, particuarly if you like the American series, Dear America.
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on April 28, 2013
This book is definitely one of the best of the Dear Canada Series. It is about a young girl who lives near the Niagara Region of Ontario through the War of 1812. It contains a host of valuable information about the war and describes the different perspectives from the two sides to the war. Would definitely recommend this from an educational standpoint and is so much fun to read too!
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on May 9, 2005
I was so surprised when i read this book!
It was filled to the brim with fantastic imformation, about the history of Canada. It is so neat to see what it was like in the life of this girl (Susanna Merritt) in the year 1812.
I abosolutly love this book! A MUST own, even though it is expensive!($14 here!)
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on March 8, 2013
I have been buying these for my grand-daughter.
It not only helps her understand her Canadian heritage
but it helps her understand herself as a female.
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on December 13, 2004
This is a wonderful book for all ages to learn about the war of 1812 and what it was like in Canada!
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on May 4, 2014
This was the first book in the Dear Canada series that I read and it's one of the best ones.
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