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Young Adult Fiction Canada


An Acadian's Tale of Tragedy and Triumph

by (author) Debra Amirault Camelin

Ronsdale Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2023
Recommended Age
12 to 18
Recommended Grade
7 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
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A coming- of-age story filled with heroism and heartbreak for 13-year-old Acadian Nathalie Belliveau. Separated from her family during the brutal 1755 expulsion of Acadians, Nathalie escapes and walks halfway across Nova Scotia to safety in Cap-Sable. When the compassionate Amirault family takes her in, she falls for their shy son Ange. But Nathalie's happiness is shattered by another wave of deportations by the British that keep the young lovers apart. Nathalie uses her tenacity and self-awareness to survive as an indentured servant in North Carolina. Based on the real lives of two Acadian families, the novel is grounded in the historic facts of the Acadian expulsion and their exile in Massachusetts for ten years.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Debra Amirault Camelin is an Acadian with ancestral roots in Nova Scotia. Her 2019 poetry collection, Light in the Mist, includes several poems highlighting her Acadian connections. She has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario and she currently lives in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Editorial Reviews

With lyrical and masterful storytelling Amirault Camelin seamlessly weaves fact and fiction drawing us deep into the lives, losses, and longings of her vivid characters. We are caught up in this sweeping tale, rooting for Nathalie Belliveau, a resilient and fascinating Canadian heroine. - Caroline Pignat, Governor General's Award Winner (2009 and 2015)
Overflowing with tragedy and romance, Camelin's stories-within-story expertly layer solid research into a compelling narrative.- Gabriele Goldstone, author of Crow Stone