Madeleine Takes Command

(2 customer reviews)


This is an exciting historical novel, set in 17th century New France, featuring Madeleine de Verchères a teenage girl who takes up arms in defense of family, country, and faith when the Iroquois attack the fort..

First published in 1946, this is a new, slightly revised copy.

  • 216 pages
  • Ages: 8-12, 12+
SKU: 9781927474570 Category:


Madeleine de Verchere’s story is based on a true account of colonial French Canada of the 1690’s. Harassed by Iroquoians, the Verchere family’s fort (seigneury) must keep a continual guard. 14-year-old Madeleine is left alone with two younger brothers and few others when the aboriginals attack. We follow the brave and determined stratagems of Madeleine and her small circle. Madeleine’s youthful but determined leadership will win the reader’s admiration.

This is one of my favourite historical novels with a clear glimpse into life on the seigneury and the role of nobility in New France. I could not put it down. – Donna Ward


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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 15.2 × 1.9 × 21.6 cm
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2 reviews for Madeleine Takes Command

  1. Carolyn Lowther

    Adventurous and great story telling! We deeply enjoyed this book as a read aloud in our homeschool. It really cemented the concepts being learned about this time in history.

  2. carol alamanos

    great book! love the adventure! must read

    • Donna Ward

      Thanks Carol…this is one of my favourites too!

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