Footsteps in the Snow: The Red River Diary of Isobel Scott
Markham, Ontario: Scholastic Canada, 2002. 185 p.
Ages 9 to 12
Published in French under the title Des pas sur la neige : Isabelle Scott à la rivière Rouge (Toronto: Éditions Scholastic, 2006)
Shaken by the death of her mother just days before her family's departure for Canada, 12-year-old Isobel Scott decides to keep a diary. It is 1815, when her family decides to leave Scotland to settle in the New World in search of a better life. Isobel's diary describes the difficult living conditions of the Scottish settlers facing the rigours of Canadian winters. This historical novel is part of the Dear Canada series. Each book is written in the form of a diary of a young woman living during key periods in Canadian history.