Alone in an Untamed Land: The Filles Du Roi Diary of Helene St. Onge

Alone in an Untamed Land The Filles Du Roi Diary of Helene St Onge Young H l ne St Onge and her older sister Catherine are orphans When King Louis XVI orders all men in New France to marry Catherine becomes a fille du roi one of the many young women sent to the new
  • Title: Alone in an Untamed Land: The Filles Du Roi Diary of Helene St. Onge
  • Author: Maxine Trottier
  • ISBN: 9780439989695
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Alone in an Untamed Land: The Filles Du Roi Diary of Helene St. Onge
    Young H l ne St Onge and her older sister Catherine are orphans When King Louis XVI orders all men in New France to marry, Catherine becomes a fille du roi, one of the many young women sent to the new world as brides H l ne will accompany her on the long sea voyage and live with her sister s new family But Catherine dies during the gruelling journey, and H l ne finds hYoung H l ne St Onge and her older sister Catherine are orphans When King Louis XVI orders all men in New France to marry, Catherine becomes a fille du roi, one of the many young women sent to the new world as brides H l ne will accompany her on the long sea voyage and live with her sister s new family But Catherine dies during the gruelling journey, and H l ne finds herself alone in strange new country New France is a far harsher place than she imagined, with bitter winters and the threat of attack from the Iroquois Will the new friendships she has made on her long voyage enable her to survive
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  • Maxine Trottier

    Maxine Trottier is the award winning writer of numerous books for young people, including Claire s Gift winner of the Mr Christie s Book Award , Laura A Childhood Tale of Laura Secord, the Circle of Silver Chronicles, and The Tiny Kite of Eddy Wing winner of the CLA Book of the Year Award A former teacher and an avid sailor, Maxine has long been fascinated by history She is now an associate member of La Soci t des Filles du roi et soldats du Carignan, whose purpose is to honour the memory of these courageous people While researching Alone in an Untamed Land, Maxine discovered that she herself is directly descended from a fille du roi.Maxine lives in the small outport of Newman s Cove in Newfoundland, with her husband William and their Yorkie Moon.

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  • Rating this 4 stars as per relative to this being a children s book.I reread this as an adult because, A I m researching my own filles du roi heritage, and B I remember liking it as a young girl It WAS great on so many levels While the writing is hugely simplistic, as per required by a 13 year old girls diary, Trottier was really able to hit home some of the emotional aspects I felt actual pain as Helene had to say goodbye to France, to her childhood home, the lambs that she won t see grow to be [...]


  • There s a pretty big spoiler in hereOkay, here we go you ve been duly warnedLoved all of the Dear Canada books when I was younger Some were definitely better than others, but this one was one of the better ones The Dear Canada series is an absolutely fantastic way to learn about Canada s history It gives you the impetus to continue to learn about what is often unfairly touted as a boring subject Although these books are written for children, they are gritty and don t hide the truth about some of [...]


  • Very well written Good introduction to early life in Quebec and a little known program begun by the French king to pay young girls to emigrate to New France and marry there.


  • Seule au Nouveau Monde est une bonne histoire lire, particuli rement pour ceux qui veulent apprendre plus sur l histoire des Filles du Roy ou plus sure les anc tres du Canada Alone In An Untamed Land is a great story to read, especially for those of you who would like to know about Canada s history or about the Filles du Roy.


  • I ve been meaning to read this book since I was about 11 years old Back then, I was obsessed with the Dear America series I fell in love with the books in the third grade after reading the My America trilogy about the Revolutionary War I m proud to be born and bred in the U.S.A so I was always annoyed by the fact that my Canadian born mother and my Canadian ancestors had had absolutely nothing to do with the exciting events I loved to read about in these diaries.Coincidentally, my best friend wa [...]


  • It is 1666, The spring after H l ne s papa passed away of small pox Leaving her and her sixteen year old sister, Catherine orphans Their cousin Pierre and his wife and daughter come to the house, but they kick out H l ne and Catherine, forcing them to fend for themselves But then a merchant named Mousier De hamps recommends that they sign up to be Filles du Roi, a program sending young women to be wives for the largely male population in New France In a few weeks, Catherine decides to leave, and [...]



  • I found this particular book while searching for information about the Filles du Roi, the King s Daughters In the seventeenth century, New France had many male immigrants from France, but precious few females Jean Talon, the Indendant of New France requested that the king send about 500 women to help the French population expand Over a period of about ten years, 700 900 women were sent A law was also passed to restrict fur trading unless a man was wed, which helped ensure that the women sent wou [...]


  • By far the best Dear Canada book there is I remember reading with this when I was young and it was so amazing that when I became re interested in the subject of the filles du roi as a young adult, this was the first book I ordered.It is an amazing resource for the subject of the filles du roi, and an amazing story It made me gasp and laugh and smile all the way through The plot twists, though simplistic at times and not well developed due to it being the diary of a 13 year old, you never saw com [...]


  • 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 After their father dies of smallpox in the winter of 1666, thirteen year old Helene St Onge and her older sister, sixteen year old Catherine, are left all alone in the world, their mother having died when Helene was a baby Catherine decides they will leave France to make a new life in the New World New France is mostly populated by m [...]


  • Just like the Dear America series in America this Dear Canada book was a great read written in diary format about a lesser known time in our continent s history After I found out this past Christmas that I descend from the Filles du Roi Daughters of the King , I became very interested in the stories of these brave girls and came upon this book The Filles du Roi were often orphans sent over from France to New France Canada to marry the men and populate the land This story follows a young teen gir [...]


  • I first read this book in high school and it s really stuck with me A girl who loses everything now has to go to Canada in order to find a better life, and ends up thinking about marriage at such a relatively young age I really appreciated the detail of day to day life and the interpersonal relationships of the characters for example, how people viewed Helene s aunt as a loose woman because she ran a tavern but when Helene meets her she realizes she s quite a respectable woman with upstanding mo [...]


  • 4.5 stars I am SO THRILLED to be reading all of these back to back I remember reading this when I first got it back in 2003 and strongly disliking it, but that was probably due to my ignorance about history as a child and why things were the way they were here While it s still unfathomable for me to imaging being a 13 year old girl marrying a 30 year old man whose sole purpose is to breed French children, I get why such a practice was instigated Reading it now I was surprised to discover how muc [...]


  • In this book, Helene must travel with her sister Catherine all the way from France to New France in Montreal, all the way across the ocean Their parents both died, so they had to leave Sadly, of the boat ride, Catherine got sick and died, and Helene must live without any other family members in Canada I learned that just because it is a bad this to do, if you have to you must do it Auryn 12 yeasr old, 2016


  • I knew nothing about thise Filles du Roi how bizarre Although sad, there s a lot about this story that is truly touching but I can t help it, I know it was not uncommon for a woman to marry a man twice her age at that time, but it s weird to me I had a hard time getting into what was presented as a love story otherwise, I probably would have given it five stars the story is really good.


  • This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents I find today s generations seem to recall 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.


  • Though the book s target audience is for teens, I, as an adult, was still captured by the story that unfolds in this diary account It is fictional, but a good supposition of the life of a Fille du Roi, coming to Canada in 1666 I would definitely recommend for young girls to read and try to picture themselves in these circumstances, while learning a little bit about Canada s history along the way.


  • Well written, considering the age group that it was intended for.I remember that this is the book that got me hooked on the Dear Canada Series when I was about seven It seemed like a good mix a story about a older girl than I on an exiting journey, and I could learn something while I read history and some french One of my favorites of what I have read.


  • Was a very good book Really like going back to childhood series Well let s be honest by childhood I mean like 2 3 years ago but then again I m still a kid P It s nice to read things like this because it reminds me of how me and my friends would all sit in the library on our bean bag chairs reading the same book just three different copies XP


  • this was my second book of the series, I m attached to it now and I m looking further to finish it all it s so amazing how this took me from a life to another real lives from a very long time ago And everything feels real from the first page the words disappear and a movie with every detail plays in my head.


  • Alone in an Untamed Land is another book from the Dear Canada series It is about the Filles du Roi who travelled across the ocean to come live in Canada This story focusses on a young girl, Helene, who travels to Canada and has to deal with hardships along the way in order to discover a better life.


  • This was one of my favorite books in the Dear Canada series because the entire concept was something so foreign to me I d honestly recommend any of the Dear Canada books to young girls because not only are they educational but they re interesting and I remember reading them and thinking it was really cool that I could learn about Canadian history without feeling like that s what I was doing.


  • Some parts of this book are sad and other parts are happy One thing that I felt was odd was how at the end of the book, Kateri, who wasn t much younger than Hel ne, became Hel ne s stepdaughter Other than that I enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover


  • For a long time this was my favourite Dear Canada book, recently been uprooted by To Stand on My Own I love Helene, she is a strong and likable heroine This is still one of my favourite Dear Canada and I recommend it UPDATE 27 09 2017Still one of my favourites.


  • I really enjoyed reading this book and learning about Les Filles du Roy I ve always been interested in knowing about Canada s diverse heritage and I feel that this book is a must read for anyone interested in history.


  • I read this because one of my family members was a filles du roi It was a Dear Canada book so the quality wasn t great and the story was very simple, but I m sure a young child would love this book


  • I read the Christmas short story before the book so I knew how it was going to end up I still did not think Helene made the right decision She thought that she was stuck with only one way out when really, she had options.



  • I m traveling to Quebec in a few weeks and this book was a quick read that made for a great jumping off point for learning about the fille du roi.



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