Madeleine Takes Command
By Ethel Brill
Madeleine Verchère's story is based on a true account of colonial French Canada of the 1690's. Harassed by Iroquois, the Verchère family's fort must keep a continual guard. 14-year-old Madeleine is left alone with two younger brothers and few others when the Indians attack. This book follows the brave and determined plans of Madeleine and her small circle. Madeleine's youthful leadership, especially of her brothers, will win the reader's admiration.
This book is best for sixth to eighth graders, but children as young as eight will enjoy having this story read aloud to them.