Banished from Our Home: The Acadian Diary of Angélique Richard is an entry in the Dear Canada series. It was published in September 2004 by Scholastic Canada. The book was written by Sharon Stewart, her only book in the series.


"To the memory of my mother, Lucille Agathe Lépine, whose Acadian heritage is the inspiration for this story. And to Roderick, for all the reasons."

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"le 7 mai, 1755
Victor is gone! He and Papa had a terrible quarrel yesterday. I heard their shouting clear out to the henhouse. Even
les Terreurs, who were making mud-pies in the yard, stopped to listen. When I got back, I found Papa and Victor very red in the face. Maman was sitting bolt upright beside the hearth, knitting furiously. This alarmed me more than anything. She never sits down in the daytime. Sausage was carding wool in the corner. Her big blue eyes were as wide as butter-skimmers, and brimming with tears. Sausage is so soppy! She cannot bear quarrels. Papa shouted that Victor will put us all in danger from the British. Victor shouted back that we are already in danger. That Governor Lawrence hates us because he wants our land for pudding-faced settlers from New England. That we have to do something, not just sit and wait to be driven like a flock of sheep."

"Le 7 mai 1755
Victor est parti! Papa et lui se sont affreusement disputés, hier. Je les entendais crier jusque dans le poulailler où je me trouvais. Même les deux terreurs, qui étaient en train de jouer dans le sable au milieu de la cour, se sont arrêtées pour écouter. Quand je suis revenue à la maison, j'ai vu papa et Victor étaient tous les deux rouges de colère. Maman était assise toute raide sur sa chaise, au coin du feu, en train de tricoter avec frénésie. C'est ce qui m'a le plus inquiétée. Elle ne prend jamais le temps de s'asseoir durant la journée. Dans un coin, Saucisse cardait de la laine. Ses grands yeux bleus étaient ronds comme des soucoupes et pleins de larmes. Quelle braillarde! Elle ne supporte pas les chicanes.
Papa a crié à Victor qu'il allait tous nous mettre en danger face aux Anglais. Victor lui a répondu, en criant tout autant, que nous sommes déjà en danger. Que le gouverneur Lawrence nous déteste parce qu'il veut s'emparer de nos terres pour les redonner aux colons à face de lune qui arrivent de la Nouvelle-Angleterre. Et que nous devons agir, au lieu de rester plantés là à attendre qu'on nous emmène comme un troupeau de moutons.



Main article: List of Banished from Our Home characters


Main article: Sharon Stewart



"Thanks to Barbara Hehner for her careful checking of the manuscript, and to Dr. Neil Bouchard, Vice-president Academic and former Professor of Acadian History at Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia, for generously sharing his expertise."


See also

v - e - dDear 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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