The Lookout Tree

Diane Carmel Léger

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The Lookout Tree

A Family's Escape from the Acadian Deportation

  Author:   Diane Carmel Léger    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing Limited

It’s 1755, and twelve-year-old Fidèle’s life is quiet and pastoral—until a sudden shift in the political situation brings chaos to Acadie. The English are hunting down and deporting all the Acadians, and the only way to escape is to run far away or to live in the wilderness.

Fidèle’s parents are taken by the English along with their newborn baby. He, his sister, Prémélia, their grandfather, Pétard, and elderly Rosalie decide to brave life in the forest near their burned-down house in the hopes that their family members will return one day. Life in the woods is harsh and unforgiving, and they only survive with the help and knowledge of their Mi’kmaw friends and a mysterious spirit who appears during times of dire need.

Spanning two decades of the terrible events of the Deportation and the long struggle to reunite and resettle afterward, The Lookout Tree is an English translation of the beloved French classic, La butte à Pétard, and a testament to the determination of the Acadian people to survive and thrive in their homeland.

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ISBN associated with this title:9781771087803
Item NB1499
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
Published onJuly 24 2019
Language eng
Pages 128
Format Paperback
Dimensions7.5(in) x 4.75(in)
Shipping weight151(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
For twenty years, Diane Carmel Léger lived in Victoria, British Columbia, where she taught French Immersion and wrote books in both French and English.Yet, it was her homesickness for the Maritimes that led her to writing over 25 years ago. Diane is now living near her native village of Memramcook which was called la-butte-à-Pétard before the deportation of 1755. Her first book, La butte à Pétard, is an Acadian bestseller.

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