Review: Once On This Island

Once On This Island
Once On This Island by Gloria Whelan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Fictional story of a family on Mackinaw Island during the War of 1812. It describes well the divided loyalties among citizens, between British, American, trader and Indian, and how this affected people personally. Detail of the farm and trading are quite educational. Young people had to shoulder adult burdens often in these times, just to make ends meet – a sobering reminder of how well we have it today, physically.

Having been to the Island several times, and the forts, this was an interesting read. The writing style isn’t the greatest, but it doesn’t plod, either.

The main character is a girl, but this is good reading for 9-12 year old boy or girl.

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