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Isobel thinks that she and her family will find their fortune in Canada. But Isobel's mother dies before they even cross the ocean, and other misfortunes seem to follow their every step. Isobel's family and the other Selkirk Settlers find themselves caught in the fur-trading rivalry between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company. They cannot even start to builIsobel thinks that she and her family will find their fortune in Canada. But Isobel's mother dies before they even cross the ocean, and other misfortunes seem to follow their every step. Isobel's family and the other Selkirk Settlers find themselves caught in the fur-trading rivalry between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company. They cannot even start to build once they finally reach their destination. The harsh climate and escalating threats against the settlers make it impossible to start a new life. Only through perseverance and help from the local Cree band are Isobel and her family able to put down roots in the Red River Valley....

Title : Footsteps in the Snow: The Red River Diary of Isobel Scott
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ISBN : 9780439988353
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 185 Pages
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Footsteps in the Snow: The Red River Diary of Isobel Scott Reviews

  • QNPoohBear
    2018-12-27 09:09

    Isobel and her family were pushed off their land in Scotland and have plans to make a grand life for themselves in the New Land, around where Winnepeg is now. Unfortunately they arrive in winter with no provisions made and must join the Indians farther south to hunt buffalo. Come spring they're caught in the middle of two warring fur trading companies and the hostilities of the Metis people. Isobel finds life in the New Land a lot rougher than she ever expected but at the same time, she comes to appreciate the land and the people who inhabit it.This is a good book to read over the next few days when we're stuck in blizzard mode. It will remind us how lucky we are to have solid houses, snow plows and plenty of food available. This story is heavy on description. It's almost too much anthropology. The descriptions of the Indian way of life are interesting (and not for the squeamish) but I wanted to know more what was happening with the settlers and if they would make it in this new land. Isobel is a very introspective girl and thinks a lot about the "savages" and what makes them "savages" and what makes her not a savage. Is she becoming savage by participating in the Indian way of life and enjoying it? Is a savage actually a savage after all? I liked her journey of personal growth a lot. This is one of the more depressing books in the series but it's well-written and descriptive. The plot kept me interested but I felt it was rushed a bit at the end and too much had to be explained in the epilogue and author's note.

  • Amy Ruffi
    2018-12-30 13:01

    I read this because of the historical context of Rupert's Land and the Metis people of my ancestry. Told in the eyes of a settler, but offered viewpoints from both sides. Covered the Battle of Seven Oaks.

  • writer...
    2018-12-22 13:07

    Excellent insights into the realities of life for a family from Scotland immigrating to Rupert's Land in the centre of what is now Canada. Footsteps in the Snow is an intriguing YA record of the first year of this journey.Part of Lord Selkirk's Settlers, this 3rd group of Scottish Highlanders set out in July of 1815, searching for a new life in a new world where they will once again be landowners. The Hudson Bay Company granted Lord Selkirk 116,000 sq miles of HBCo. territory in exchange for labourers. The Scottish Selkirk Settlers were to be those labourers for the company and the new colony. They were to receive £20 pay per year and 100 acres of land free of charge after building up a colony. Having had their properties in Scotland taken from them by the prevailing lairds - a period of Scottish history known as the Clearances - many were attracted to this promise of independence.Unknown to the Settlers, the conditions would be gruelling for more than the anticipated first year and the preparations for their initial arrival were non-existent.This book is an amazing account written by the fictional 12 year old daughter of one such father who has joined the journey to the new land. She is likeable and authentic in journalling the venture. Many insights gained into living life bravely, with incredible perseverance and stamina. What I loved was the fulfilling of Isobel's original personal dream of life in the new land... though 10 years to the realizing of it!History in the making for the very site I have called home for most of my life. Absolutely fascinating stories.Great end notes from the author, Carol Matas, local to the area described in this diary with all historical references well researched for accuracy. Highly recommended.Added to reads for:Scotland Reading Challenge 2013 Canadian Reading Challenge 2012-2013

  • Georgia
    2018-12-31 05:06

    Isobel Scott is a scottish girl growing up in the highlands with her two brothers and mother and father. One day, the father comes home to tell the news about Lord Selkirk's grant to relocate scottish settlers. They are exited to go, but Isobel's mother dies before the voyage. They have to make do without her, and Isobel carries on her mother's diary that she started, and important skills to become a lady. When they arrive their, Isobel becomes over-protective to her little brother, Robbie. And a bully named Kate tourments her. Her family finds themselves having to winter far south, as The Forks have been distroyed. Their load lightens when the scotts meet a young native woman, White Loon who helps the family when she marries Mr. Scott. But then, problems become worse, there have been threats by the Hudson's Bay Company's rival, the North West Company, and Govener Semple will not listen. The battle of Seven Oaks kills a majority of the men in the group, including Kate's father. Kate is left an orphan, but is generously taken in by Isobel's family, Much to Isobel's distain. But in time they become friends, and at the end of the diary, Isobel decides she needs to make changes to her opinions about Kate, and the native people.I liked this book, their were some times where it was boring and some early entries were just about how to make buffalo meet, but maybe the author was just trying to give the reader a feeling of what life would be like for Isobel in 1815. Great book, Recommended to girls ages ten and over. Great Job, Dear Canada!

  • Kristal
    2018-12-26 09:09

    3.5 stars. I actually like this better the second time around. I enjoyed the character growth in Isobel (especially in regards to her view of "Savages"). This book included important moments in Canadian History such as the battle of seven oaks and the difficulties between the two fur trading companies while still discussing day to day life and the trials of the journey in the new world. The reason I gave this book a lower score when I first read it was because I found there was often a lot of time between diary entries compared to other Dear Canada books. Initially I found it more difficult to connect with the characters because day to day living wasn’t discussed as much as other Dear Canada books (like orphan at many door or the polio epidemic book). However, after a second read it absolutely makes sense that there are gaps in the entries since Isabel is quite often traveling and had a lot of duties on her shoulders. Not to mention this edition of the Dear Canada tied in very specific moments of Canadian history and there needs to be more time elapsed for that to happen as those events take months to unfold. All in all a solid read.

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-16 12:18

    This book is one of the Dear Canada series, which are historical novels, written in diary format, about fictional girls during different periods of Canadian history. Twelve-year-old Isobel Scott begins her diary at sea in July 1815, as her family travels from Scotland to Canada, hoping for a better life. Her mother has just died, and Isobel feels lost without her. When they finally reach Canada, a long journey overland to where they will settle still lies ahead. After two months they finally reach their destination, only to be told they must turn back because there are not enough supplies for them to spend the winter there. Isobel continues to describe in her diary her life over the next year as her family suffers many hardships while trying to build their new life. This was a very good book from the Dear Canada series, although not among my top favorites. I really enjoyed the early 1800s setting, and Isobel's diary narrative was interesting and moved along well. I'd recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical diary fiction.

  • Nutkin
    2019-01-07 13:27

    This book was an interesting way of looking into the lives of some of the first settlers in the (now) Winnipeg area of Manitoba, Canada. It's a part of the "Dear Canada" series written for youth as a way of learning about the history of Canada from young girls' perspectives in different provinces. This book is written in diary format and follows Isobel as she goes from thinking about the Aboriginals as savages to wonderful people with a different way of life. During this time, she details the hard journeys and seasons that she endures, as well as the games and skills that she learns from her aboriginal friends like White Loon and Bends Fingers. The book contains an epilogue that shows how Isobel and her family fit into the rest of Winnipeg's history and some historical sketches and images of important people in the book.I think this book did a really great job of making the history of the area and the people accessible and interesting to people of a young age, and even the older generations.

  • Alex Meeres
    2019-01-04 12:21

    Read this with my students. It's an exciting and emotional look at a period in time I found dulll and boring when I was a child. Full of suspense, and interesting information, this book has fascinated the 4th graders I teach. My only criticism is that the prose is elegant to the point of being distracting, since the narrator is supposed to be a 12 year old servant girl with English as a second language.

  • Molly
    2019-01-13 07:23

    This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.

  • Jennifer Wilson
    2018-12-26 05:24

    I have loved the Dear America series, so when I discovered there was a Dear Canada series, I wanted to read it. I was a bit clueless on the history as to what was happening. (I didn't pay much attention in my North American History class in college!) I did enjoy this book, but wasn't one that I will remember for more than a week or so. Some of the Dear America series books have stayed with me for years.

  • Courtney
    2019-01-04 11:22

    I purchased the whole set of these when I was younger. I decided to read it for nostalgic purposes. Although it is a quick read, it is definitely worth reading! It is packed full of history - a lot of which (embarrassingly enough) I didn't know! If you want a quick read with some history built in too, this one is for you :).

  • Jenna Leigh
    2019-01-04 06:14

    I literally remember nothing from this book, although I know that I have read it. So the reason I only gave it 2 stars is based on the fact that I've read a ton of the Dear Canada books and based on my knowledge of the way these books are written, if it didn't stick out in my memory, it probably wasn't very interesting. Otherwise I would remember something about it.

  • Randi
    2019-01-04 10:20

    One of the novels in the 'Dear Canada' series, 'Footsteps in the Snow' is told from the perspective of Isobel Scott: an early Red River settler. It's a wonderful, honest look into what life was like in early Canadian history.

  • Angela Boland
    2018-12-20 12:09

    it's not the most interesting of the Dear Canada series, but still pretty good. I enjoyed Isobel's transformation. She matures a great deal in her understanding of the native peoples. it's worth reading for that alone.

  • Teresa
    2019-01-12 05:23

    I think we often forget how difficult it was for the first westward-bound settlers. They were leaving everything they knew and had for something that was uncertain. Isobel's diary gives you a glimpse into how difficult that life was but also how rewarding it can be.

  • Madison
    2019-01-15 11:12

    Really liked this book. Before I read this I had never heard of the Red River thingy (and I know quite a lot of Canadian history). It taught you a bit about the Metis, too, and that came in handy in Social Studies class! VERY GOOD!

  • Patricia Kaniasty
    2018-12-20 07:23

    I love historical fiction. This tells the story of the settlers of upper Canada and how they made life with the indians. It is written in the form of a young girls diary. The emotions shown in their struggle to survive are powerful.

  • Shreya=Drastically Random. Find the emoticon.
    2019-01-15 09:20

    I don't really know why I didn't like this one....I guess I don't like the characters. They seem false.

  • Katie Donohue
    2018-12-31 06:27

    really great!

  • Ashley
    2018-12-26 06:13

    i liked it alot it was a grat book im starting to want to read every minute

  • Anne
    2018-12-26 07:00

    These books are always so sad!

  • Donna Chubaty
    2019-01-19 09:26

    tihs is a good book

  • Seth Bumagat
    2019-01-04 06:20


  • Meghan
    2018-12-29 12:01

    The story was good at first but half way through I had trouble staying interested. It felt like there wasn't enough happening.

  • Katrina
    2019-01-05 09:20

    Good book!It is awesome

  • Jessie
    2019-01-15 10:17

    I started reading the series back when I was 9 and even now that I'm a teenager I still love them and my mom even enjoys reading them. Great for all ages!

  • Sara Sadeghi
    2018-12-27 09:08

    not the best but still quite the read.

  • Meaghan Steeves
    2019-01-12 11:04

    My only complaint is that it wasn't longer! I love this one.

  • Lilly Thompson
    2018-12-27 06:12

    i can't remember a ting about it but i remember that it was good!

  • Kelly
    2018-12-31 12:23

    Good as always, I love the Dear Canada series. This was particularly good at describing the Cree and Metis ways of surviving winters.