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Pierre Berton
Toronto, McClelland & Stewart, 1991. 89pp, paper, $5.99
ISBN 0-7710-1429-5. CIP

Subject Headings:
Canada-History-War of 1812-Participation, Indian-Juvenile literature.
United States-History-War of 1812-Participation, Indian-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5 and up / Ages 10 and up

Reviewed by John Bainbridge

Volume 20 Number 2
1992 March

Revenge of the Tribes is the third in a paperback series called "Adventures in Canadian History" planned and written by Pierre Berton. Berton's proven capacity to bring Canadian history alive shines through in this book. The style is fast paced. The prose is simple and concise. The plot is gripping and there are very few digressions from the main theme.

This volume deals with the role of the native people in the War of 1812. In particular, it centres on William Harrison's ill-fated attempt to capture Detroit. The expedition culminated in the Battle of Frenchtown and the subsequent massacre of the American soldiers by the Indians-an act of revenge for a similar massacre of Indians by Harrison in the months following the Battle of Tippecanoe.

The book reads like a good children's novel, but none of it is fiction. Berton insists that everything, including the dialogue, is documented and accurate. The illustrations by Henry van der Linde are dramatic and well executed. There is a useful index and the cover has an appealing design. Revenge of the Tribes should be an essential part of the elementary school history library.

Highly recommended.

John Bainbridge, Brampton, Ont.
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