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Wacousta: based on the novel by John Richardson

Written by
Heather Kirk

Cover of Wacousta: based on the novel by John Richardson
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286 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9780888876836
$24.95 CA

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About the Book

Why rewrite Wacousta? First published in 1832, Wacousta is a classic tale of the ‘Indian Wars’ of 1763 and the attacks on Fort Detroit and Fort Michilimackinac. The novel is marvellously plotted and authentically detailed but the original prose bewilders modern readers. This new ­version is not only a great read but a balanced account of the Pontiac Uprising. The heroes are both white and aboriginal.

Judged against Walter Scott's historical romances or James Fenimore Cooper´s frontier romances, Wacousta is wondrously complex and enigmatic.
 John Moss
 Reader´s Guide to the Canadian Novel

I struggled through the original Wacousta for a university class. This ­version is a breath of fresh air.
 Heather Butt
 Heritage Services Representative
 Windsor, Ontario

A good novel that deserves a modern audience.
 Bob Garcia
 Fort Henry Project Historian
 Parks Canada

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About the Author Heather Kirk

Heather Kirk is a Canadian author and college teacher. Her books include two linked novels about Poland for young adults, "Warsaw Spring" and "A Drop of Rain." "Wacousta" and "Be Not Afraid" were published by Borealis Press.

Heather Kirk lived and worked in Poland for two years. She has also published poems and several award-winning articles about Poland. For more information about Heather Kirk, please see her website at

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