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category: Children's Fiction
published: Apr 2012
ISBN:9781550504804
publisher: Coteau Books

Outcasts of River Falls

by Jacqueline Guest, edited by Laura Peetoom

tagged: native canadian
About the Authors

Jacqueline Guest is the award-winning Métis writer of over a dozen books for young readers. She is the recipient of the Indspire Award for the Arts, formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and was named to the Order of Canada for her ongoing efforts in the world of literacy. Jacqueline lives in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Alberta.


Jacqueline Guest is the award-winning Métis writer of over a dozen books for young readers. She is the recipient of the Indspire Award for the Arts, formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and was named to the Order of Canada for her ongoing efforts in the world of literacy. Jacqueline lives in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Alberta.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 8

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Outcasts of River Falls

Fun read with hidden history and the trickiest mystery ever! Kathryn is desperate to save her aunt from hanging but to do it, she must outsmart her enemies, betray her friends and unmask the Canadian Robin Hood! Yes! Outcasts of River Falls has a Robin Hood character and figuring out the identity will keep you guessing until the very end. Great book.

Top  Grade
Librarian review

Outcasts of River Falls

To succeed in Toronto in the early 1900s, Kathryn’s father had kept their Métis heritage a secret, even from his daughter. But when he dies, 14-year-old Kathryn must leave her school to live with her Aunt Belle in Alberta – in a shack in the Métis community of River Falls. Barred from owning land, the Métis must find ways to survive. There are lessons to be learned, though: from her aunt, the Métis community, and the world around her.

This story combines fact and fiction to tell the story of Kathryn, a Torontonian from a well-to-do family, who moves to Alberta after her father’s death and learns about the family he left behind. Using historical moments in Canadian history, this book brings to life the plight of the Métis people. A short historical note at the end of the book can be used to further the discussion of Louis Riel and the Battle of Batoche.

Teacher’s guide available (http://coteaubooks.com/assets/HTML/studyguides/Outcasts%20of%20River%20Falls%20Study%20Guide%20final_Study%20Guide.pdf)

The Comic Book War by Jacqueline Guest; Ghost Messages by Jacqueline Guest

Author available for school visits. @JacquelineGuest

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

Association of Book Publishers of BC
Librarian review

Outcasts of River Falls

This is a well-researched novel describing the culture and history of the Métis. It’s 1901 and after suddenly becoming an orphan, well-bred young Kathryn must travel from Toronto to live with her Aunt Belle in Alberta. Kathryn is shocked to learn that not only is she a Métis, but that she will face a life of struggle and marginalization. Her new home is a community of squatters’ shacks because the Métis are barred from owning land. Also, she is excluded from attending school. Intrigue begins when Kathryn learns of the mysterious highwayman who helps the poor by robbing from the rich. When he is framed for murder, Kathryn uses her intelligence, charm and courage to prove his innocence. Although Outcasts of River Falls is the sequel to Belle of Batoche, the novel can be read alone.

Caution: Includes a reference to a sexual assault.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2012-2013.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Outcasts of River Falls

After Kathryn’s father’s death, she moves to Alberta to live with her Aunt Belle. Having never learned about the struggles of her Métis relations, she begins to learn about them from her aunt. When a mysterious highwayman comes to town and is framed for a crime, Aunt Belle tries to protect him. Is she placing herself in danger, and how will Kathryn be able to help? This is the sequel to Belle of Batoche.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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