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A Country of Our Own: The Confederation Diary of Rosie Dunn is the thirty-third book in the Dear Canada series. It was written by Karleen Bradford and was her third in the series. It was first published by Scholastic Canada in September 2013 and released in French the following year. The book was followed by All Fall Down.


"For my family, each and every one of them"

Book description[]

"Friday, June 14ᵗʰ, 1867
There is talk of nothing but the celebration on the 1ˢᵗ of July, when we will be officially proclaimed the Dominion of Canada. But I am so upset about the missing bracelet that I cannot bring myself to be much interested in Confederation anymore.
Saturday, June 15ᵗʰ, 1867
News came today that poor Fanny has died from the influenza. Missus Bradley is so upset that the business of the missing bracelet has been forgotten. It has not been forgotten by me, however. I feel there is a shadow hanging over me and I am sick about it.
A nasty thought has crept into my head. What if Fanny stole the bracelet and now she is dead? No one will ever know the truth of it.

"Vendredi 14 juin 1867
On ne parle plus que des festvités du 1er juillet, jour où nous deviendrons officiellement le Dominion du Canada. Mais je suis si angoissée à cause du bracelet disparu que j'ai perdu tout intérêt pour cet événement.
Samedi 15 juin 1867
Aujourd'hui, nous avons appris une triste nouvelle : la pauvre Fanny est morte de la grippe. Mme Bradley est si bouleversée que l'histoire du bracelet semble oubliée. Mais moi, je ne l'ai pas oubliée. J'ai l'impression qu'un nuage gris plane au-dessus de ma tête et j'en suis malade.
J'ai pensé à une chose pas très agréable. Et si Fanny avait volé ce bracelet? Si c'est le cas, maintenant qu'elle est morte, on ne saura jamais la vérité.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of A Country of Our Own characters


Main article: Karleen Bradford



  • Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre (2014) - commended[4]


The publisher wishes to thank Barbara Hehner for her attention to the factual details, and Dr. Ross Fair of Ryerson University for sharing his historical expertise."


  • The portrait on the cover is a detail from George Clausen's 1886 painting A Village Maiden. The background is a photograph of the Centre Block from the Library and Archives Canada.[5][6]


See also[]

Dear Canada

Orphan at My Door | A Prairie as Wide as the Sea | With Nothing But Our Courage | Footsteps in the Snow
A Ribbon of Shining Steel | Whispers of War | Alone in an Untamed Land | Brothers Far from Home | An Ocean Apart
A Trail of Broken Dreams | Banished from Our Home | Winter of Peril | Turned Away | The Death of My Country
No Safe Harbour | A Rebel's Daughter | A Season for Miracles | If I Die Before I Wake | Not a Nickel to Spare
Prisoners in the Promised Land | Days of Toil and Tears | Where the River Takes Me | Blood Upon Our Land
A Desperate Road to Freedom | A Christmas to Remember | Exiles from the War | To Stand On My Own
Hoping for Home | That Fatal Night | Torn Apart | A Sea of Sorrows | Pieces of the Past | A Country of Our Own
All Fall Down | Flame and Ashes | A Time for Giving | These Are My Words

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