A Country of Our Own
The Confederation Diary of Rosie Dunn By Karleen Bradford Scholastic Canada, 184 pages, $17 PART of the Dear Canada series, this novel tries to give some idea of what it was like to live in Canada, and its new capital, Ottawa, in 1866. At the beginning of the book, Rosie is a 12-year-old girl from Quebec City who is sent to be a maid in the home of an Ottawa official. We get clear pictures of Ottawa as a muddy, noisy, smelly town full of lumberjacks and of Rosie, as she grows into a young woman with romantic interests. Unfortunately, the events of Confederation are only briefly touched upon, except in an appendix at the end of the book. While Rosie, as a young maid, would not have known much about the importance of the events taking place on Parliament Hill, it seems unfortunate that this could not have had a more prominent place in the novel. Among her other books, Ontario author Bradford has written two other novels in the Dear Canada series.