The Broken Blade by William Durbin

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In 1800, 13-year-old Pierre La Page never imagined he'd be leaving Montreal to paddle 2,400 miles. It was something older men, like his father, did. But when Pierre's father has an accident, Pierre quits school to become a voyageur for the North West Company, so his family can survive the winter. It's hard for Pierre as the youngest in the brigade. From the treacherous waters and cruel teasing to his aching and bloodied hands, Pierre is miserable. Still he has no choice but to endure the trip to Grand Portage and back.


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About William Durbin

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William Durbin, a high-school English teacher, is the author of Wintering, The Broken Blade (winner of the Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction and the Minnesota Book Award, Young Readers Category), and Song of Sampo Lake.
 
Published June 25, 2010 by Yearling. 176 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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While the physical demands threaten to crush his spirit, Pierre nevertheless remains open- minded, and soon kinder men like La Londe and Charbonneau offer friendly advice and keep an eye out for the hardworking young man.

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When his father is injured, 13-year-old Pierre takes his place as a voyageur on a 2400-mile, 12-week trip from Montreal to Lake Superior in 1800, paddling a canoe filled with trade goods. At first, Pi

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When his father is injured, 13-year-old Pierre takes his place as a voyageur on a 2400-mile, 12-week trip from Montreal to Lake Superior in 1800, paddling a canoe filled with trade goods.

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In 1800, a 13-year-old boy takes his father's place on an arduous canoe trip across Lake Superior.

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