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Jan Truss

Award-winning author Jan Truss taught literature, art and music to students in Canada, before she began her own writing career. In 1972 she won the Search for an Alberta Novelist competition for Bird at the Window. A Very Small Rebellion, her second novel with its companion play for youth followed in 1977. Her novel Jasmin won the prestigious Ruth Shwartz Award in 1983. Her other works include the novels Summer Goes Riding, Red, and Peter’s Moccasins. Her short stories have appeared in such magazines as Redbook and Chatelaine, on CBC radio, and in several collections – Kitchen Talk being one. Jan is also a playwright and librettist: Ooomerahgi O, Cornelius Dragon, and A Very Small Rebellion all pleased numerous audiences.

Jan Truss lives in the foothills near Water Valley Alberta, in the long shadows of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.


A Very Small Rebellion
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;
Grade Levels: 5; 6; 7; 8; 9;

“You must stand up for your way of life in the forest and protect it against the dangers that menace it.”

Paul Gauthier heard the voice in his dream and woke to stare at the poster on the wall of his bedroom. The sad, angry eyes of the man on the poster looked down at him. It was as if the poster had come alive.

The man in the poster is Louis Riel, and in this powerfully wrought historical novel by Jan Truss, Paul Gauthier has been chosen to play Riel in a school play at a time in his life when new menaces threaten the small Métis settlement where he lives with his family.

Convinced that such menaces can be fought with the same spirit that emboldened Riel, Paul and his young Indian friend Simon Buffalo set out to thwart a government plan to raze the settlement to make room for a new highway.

An essay by Jack Chambers complements the novel, weaving through it the parallel history of the Riel Rebellion of 1885, and the events and confrontations of another time.

That the spirit of Louis Riel lives on can be heard in the voices of the characters in this remarkable novel on every page; for as the essayist writes, “The spirit of Louis Riel is neither old-fashioned nor modern, but timeless.”

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160 pages | 5.00" x 8.00"

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