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Dear Canada, published in French as Cher Journal ("Dear Diary"), is a historical fiction series by Scholastic Canada based on the American series Dear America. It was launched in 2001 with Orphan at My Door and A Prairie as Wide as the Sea. The series typically released one or two books a year until ending with 2016's These Are My Words.

In a similar vein to Dear America, the series focuses on fictional young girls. It covers time periods in Canadian history, including the Halifax Explosion and the Canadian Confederation, as well as more broader topics like immigration. In 2010, a spin-off titled I Am Canada was launched. It has similar topics but with male protagonists.

Background and topics[]

Dear Canada launched in 2001 as a Canadian counterpart to Dear America. The time periods covered in Dear Canada range from French colonization in 1666 to residential schools in 1966. Other topics include immigration, indigenous peoples, home children, epidemics, the Canadian Confederation, the Upper Canada Rebellion, and several wars (such as the Seven Years' War, World War I, and World War II). Like Dear America, each book has a ribbon inserted to be used as a bookmark.

The series contains four short story collections. Three of these books, A Season for Miracles, A Christmas to Remember, and A Time for Giving, center around the holidays and feature previous Dear Canada heroines. Hoping for Home tells stories of arriving in Canada with all new characters.

List of books[]

Publication order[]

Cover No. Title Author Published ISBN
Orphan-At-Door 1 Orphan at My Door Jean Little August 2001[1] 9780439988346
Prairie-Wide-As-Sea 2 A Prairie as Wide as the Sea Sarah Ellis August 2001[2] 9780439988339
Nothing-But-Our-Courage 3 With Nothing But Our Courage Karleen Bradford March 2002[3] 9780439989794
Footsteps-In-Snow 4 Footsteps in the Snow Carol Matas March 2002[4] 9780439988353
Ribbon-Shining-Steel 5 A Ribbon of Shining Steel Julie Lawson September 2002[5] 9780439988483
Whispers-Of-War 6 Whispers of War Kit Pearson September 2002[6] 9780439988360
Alone-Untamed-Land 7 Alone in an Untamed Land Maxine Trottier March 2003[7] 9780439989695
Brothers-Far-Home 8 Brothers Far from Home Jean Little August 2003[8] 9780439969000
Ocean-Apart 9 An Ocean Apart Gillian Chan February 2004[9] 9780779113538
Trail-Broken-Dreams 10 A Trail of Broken Dreams Barbara Haworth-Attard September 2004[10] 9780439974059
Banished-From-Home 11 Banished from Our Home Sharon Stewart September 2004[11] 9780439974219
Winter-Of-Peril 12 Winter of Peril Jan Andrews February 2005[12] 9780779114092
Turned-Away 13 Turned Away Carol Matas September 2005[13] 9780439969468
Death-Of-Country 14 The Death of My Country Maxine Trottier September 2005[14] 9780439967624
No-Safe-Harbour 15 No Safe Harbour Julie Lawson January 2006[15] 9780439969307
Rebels-Daughter 16 A Rebel's Daughter Janet Lunn September 2006[16] 9780439969673
Season-For-Miracles 17 A Season for Miracles Various October 2006[17] 9780439952705
Die-Before-I-Wake 18 If I Die Before I Wake Jean Little March 2007[18] 9780439988373
Nickel-To-Spare 19 Not a Nickel to Spare Perry Nodelman May 2007[19] 9780439961301
Prisoners-In-Land 20 Prisoners in the Promised Land Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch October 2007[20] 9780439956925
Toil-And-Tears 21 Days of Toil and Tears Sarah Ellis January 2008[21] 9780439955942
River-Takes-Me 22 Where the River Takes Me Julie Lawson September 2008[22] 9780439956208
Blood-Upon-Land 23 Blood Upon Our Land Maxine Trottier January 2009[23] 9780545999052
Desperate-Road-Freedom 24 A Desperate Road to Freedom Karleen Bradford September 2009[24] 9780545996198
Christmas-To-Remember 25 A Christmas to Remember Various October 2009[25] 9780545990035
Exiles-From-War 26 Exiles from the War Jean Little February 2010[26] 9780545986175
Stand-On-Own 27 To Stand On My Own Barbara Haworth-Attard October 2010[27] 9781443100175
Hoping-For-Home 28 Hoping for Home Various September 2011[28] 9780545986977
That-Fatal-Night 29 That Fatal Night Sarah Ellis September 2011[29] 9780545980739
Torn-Apart 30 Torn Apart Susan Aihoshi February 2012[30] 9780439946605
Sea-Of-Sorrows 31 A Sea of Sorrows Norah McClintock September 2012[31] 9781443107105
Pieces-Of-Past 32 Pieces of the Past Carol Matas February 2013[32] 9781443113076
Country-Our-Own 33 A Country of Our Own Karleen Bradford September 2013[33] 9781443113243
All-Fall-Down 34 All Fall Down Jean Little January 2014[34] 9781443119191
Flame-And-Ashes 35 Flame and Ashes Janet McNaughton September 2014[35] 9781443124430
Time-For-Giving 36 A Time for Giving Various September 2015[36] 9781443133739
These-are-words 37 These Are My Words Ruby Slipperjack August 2016[37] 9781443133180

Chronological order[]

See also: List of books by time period
No. Title Time period
1 Alone in an Untamed Land 1666 — 1667
2 Winter of Peril 1721 — 1722
3 Banished from Our Home 1755 — 1756
4 The Death of My Country 1759 — 1760
5 With Nothing But Our Courage 1783 — 1784
6 Whispers of War 1812
7 Footsteps in the Snow 1815 — 1817
8 A Rebel's Daughter 1837 — 1838
9 A Sea of Sorrows 1847
10 Where the River Takes Me 1849 — 1851
11 A Trail of Broken Dreams 1862
12 A Desperate Road to Freedom 1863 — 1864
13 A Country of Our Own 1866 — 1867
14 A Ribbon of Shining Steel 1882 — 1883
15 Blood Upon Our Land 1884 — 1885
16 Days of Toil and Tears 1887 — 1888
17 Flame and Ashes 1892
18 Orphan at My Door 1897
19 All Fall Down 1902 — 1903
20 That Fatal Night 1912
21 Prisoners in the Promised Land 1914 — 1916
22 Brothers Far from Home 1916 — 1918
23 No Safe Harbour 1917 — 1918
24 If I Die Before I Wake 1918 — 1919
25 An Ocean Apart 1922 — 1923[38]
26 A Prairie as Wide as the Sea 1926 — 1927
27 Not a Nickel to Spare 1932 — 1933
28 To Stand On My Own 1937
29 Exiles from the War 1940 — 1941
30 Torn Apart 1941 — 1943
31 Turned Away 1941 — 1942
32 Pieces of the Past 1948
33 These Are My Words 1966 — 1967

Collections[]

Cover No. Contains Published ISBN
Dear-Canada-set 1 Orphan at My Door
A Prairie as Wide as the Sea
August 1, 2003[39] 9780439969185
Dear-Canada-set2 2 Brothers Far from Home
Whispers of War
September 1, 2004[40] 9780439961714

Related books[]

Cover Title Author Published ISBN
Teaching-with-Dear-Canada Teaching with Dear Canada: Volume 1 Amy von Heyking August 2002[41] 9780779113859
Teaching-with-Dear-Canada-2 Teaching with Dear Canada: Volume 2 Amy von Heyking August 2004[42] 9780439969741
Teaching-with-Dear-Canada-3 Teaching with Dear Canada: Volume 3 Amy von Heyking August 2006[43] 9780439947244
Teaching-with-Dear-Canada-4 Teaching with Dear Canada: Volume 4 Amy von Heyking August 2008[44] 9780545994149

Videos[]

References[]

  1. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Orphan-Victoria-Ontario/dp/0439988349/
  2. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Immigrant-Weatherall-Saskatchewan/dp/0439988330/
  3. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Loyalist-MacDonald-Johnstown/dp/0439989795/
  4. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Footsteps-Isobel-Ruperts/dp/0439988357/
  5. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Shining-Railway-Columbia/dp/0439988489/
  6. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Whispers-Susanna-Merritt/dp/0439988365/
  7. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Untamed-Filles-Montreal/dp/0439989698/
  8. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Brothers-Uxbridge-Ontario/dp/043996900X/
  9. https://www.amazon.ca/Ocean-Apart-Mountain-Mei-Ling-Canada/dp/0779113535/
  10. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Harriet-Overland-Cariboo/dp/0439974054/
  11. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Banished-Angelique-Grande-Pre/dp/0439974216/
  12. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Newfoundland-Loveridge-New-Found-Land/dp/0779114094/
  13. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Turned-Carol-Matas/dp/0439969468/
  14. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Country-Genevieve-Aubuchon/dp/0439967627/
  15. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Explosion-Charlotte-Blackburn/dp/0439969301/
  16. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Rebels-Daughter-Rebellion/dp/0439969670/
  17. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Season-Miracles-Christmas/dp/0439952700/
  18. https://www.amazon.ca/If-Die-Before-Wake-Macgregor/dp/0439988373/
  19. https://www.amazon.ca/Not-Nickel-Spare-Great-Depression/dp/0439961300/
  20. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Prisoners-Ukrainian-Internment/dp/0439956927/
  21. https://www.amazon.ca/Days-Toil-Tears-Labour-Rutherford/dp/0439955947/
  22. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Sinclair-Victoria-Vancouvers/dp/043995620X/
  23. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Resistance-Josephine-Saskatchewan/dp/0545999057/
  24. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Desperate-Underground-1863-1864/dp/0545996198/
  25. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Christmas-Remember-Comfort/dp/0545990033/
  26. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Exiles-Charlotte-Ontario/dp/0545986176/
  27. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Robertson-Saskatoon-Saskatchewan/dp/144310017X/
  28. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Hoping-Stories-Arrival/dp/0545986974/
  29. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Titanic-Dorothy-Halifax/dp/0545980739/
  30. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Internment-Kobayashi-Vancouver/dp/0439946603/
  31. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Sorrows-Epidemic-Johanna/dp/1443107107/
  32. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Holocaust-Rabinowitz-Winnipeg/dp/1443113077/
  33. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Country-Confederation-Province/dp/1443113247/
  34. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Landslide-Roberts-District/dp/1443119199/
  35. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Triffie-Winsor-Newfoundland/dp/1443124435/
  36. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Giving-Tales-Christmas/dp/1443133736/
  37. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Residential-School-Pesheens/dp/1443133183/
  38. An extra entry dated March 1935 is included just before the epilogue.
  39. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Collectors-Set-Prairie/dp/0439969182/
  40. https://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Collectors-Set-Brothers/dp/0439961718/
  41. https://www.amazon.ca/Teaching-Dear-Canada-Vol-1/dp/0779113853
  42. https://www.amazon.ca/Teaching-Dear-Canada-Vol-2/dp/0439969743/
  43. https://www.amazon.ca/Teaching-Dear-Canada-Vol-3/dp/0439947243/
  44. https://www.amazon.ca/Teaching-Dear-Canada-Vol-4/dp/0545994144/

See also[]

Resources:
File:Dear Canada Checklist.pdf


External links[]

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