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The Rebel

Gabriel Dumont

By David A. Robertson
Illustrated by Andrew Lodwick
Series: Tales from Big Spirit
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Children's Fiction, Historical, Post-Confederation (1867-), Indigenous, Boys & Men
Big Ideas: Authentic Indigenous History, Social Emotional Learning, Courage, Social Justice, Impacts of Colonization and Colonialism
Cultures & Peoples: Métis

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–6
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell W, Lexile® Framework for Reading: HL500L
Paperback : 9781553794769, 32 pages, March 2014
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553794851, 32 pages, March 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553794868, 32 pages, March 2014
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For Tyrese, history class is the lowest point of his school day. This is, until his friend Levi reveals a secret -- a secret that brings history alive, in the form of one Gabriel Dumont. Through Dumont, a great Metis leader of the Northwest Resistance, the boys experience a bison hunt, a skirmish with the Blackfoot, and encounter with the great Louis Riel, and, ultimately, a great battle at Batoche, Saskatchewan.

The Rebel is one book in the Tales from Big Spirit series. Tales from Big Spirit is a unique seven-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of seven great Indigenous heroes from Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics. These books will help students make historical connections while promoting important literacy skills.