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A Rebel's Daughter: The 1837 Rebellion Diary of Arabella Stevenson is the sixteenth fictional diary in the Dear Canada series. It was written by Janet Lunn and remains the only book she penned for the series. The book was published in September 2006 and was followed by the anthology A Season for Miracles.


"This book is dedicated with love to my grandson David Lunn, newly launched on his teaching career.
The author would particularly like to thank Christopher Moore, Carol Martin, Jeffrey Kelly and my wonderfully unflagging editor, Sandy Bogart Johnston.

Book description[]

"Friday, 8 June, 1838
Oh, Diary, the poor prisoners! They looked so sad. They were brave, I know they were, but they looked so sad! They were bound together in heavy iron chains and those hateful soldiers were making them walk too fast.
No matter how I pushed my way through the crowd, I could not reach Papa. I waved to him and I called and called. I think he might have heard me because he did look back once. He looked very brave. I shall confess to you, Diary, that I could scarcely see after that because I could not keep from crying. I tried hard not to, but I could not stop myself.
I hope, I hope, I hope that Papa knew that I was there.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of A Rebel's Daughter characters


Main article: Janet Lunn



  • Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People (2007) - commended[3]
  • Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice (2007) - commended[4]
  • Ottawa Book Award, English fiction (2007) - winner[5]


"Thanks to Barbara Hehner for her careful checking of the manuscript, and to Dr. Elwood Jones of Trent University, for his historical expertise on Upper Canadian religion and politics, and for his insights into the lively debate about the 1837 rebellion."


  • The portrait on the cover is a detail from William-Adolphe Bouguereau's painting Portrait of a Young Girl. The background is a detail of the painting 71st Regiment, Highland Light Infantry: Heavy Marching Order.[6][7][8]


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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