Sioux Winter

by Bill Freeman

In this story, Jamie and Kate Bains accompany their Assiniboine friend, Black Eagle, on a dangerous mission into Sioux country.
"My mother is held as a prisoner by the Sioux," Black Eagle said, looking directly at Jamie. "Will you come with me to rescue her?" So Jamie and Kate Bains are summoned on a dangerous mission to help their friend, Black Eagle.
His mother Spotted Bird is being held captive deep in Montana Territory and, unless they find her and set her free, Black Eagle may never see his mother again. To reach their destination, the three friends must travel hundreds of miles across unfamiliar prairie, battle blizzards, the U.S. Army and bands of Sioux warriors, who are the sworn enemies of Black Eagle and the Assiniboine. The obstacles they must overcome are great, but both the Bains and Black Eagle are used to adversity and determined to overcome it.
Set against the harsh landscape of the Canadian and U.S. West, Sioux Winter is the story of three friends who fight to overcome great odds and keep a family together. The book is illustrated with photos chronicling this exciting period in Canadian history.
This is the eighth book in the Bains series of historical novels, well-researched, action-filled narratives following the travels of one family across Canada--from Newfoundland to Alberta-- in search of a better life during the hard times of the 1870s.

About the Author

Bill Freeman

BILL FREEMAN is an award-winning historian, novelist, and screenwriter. Among his previous publications are Far from Home: Canadians in the First World War, which he co-authored with Richard Nielsen; A Magical Place: Toronto Island and Its People, winner of a Certificate of Commendation from Heritage Toronto in 2000; Casa Loma: Toronto's Fairy-Tale Castle and Its Owner Sir Henry Pellatt, which received the Heritage Toronto Award of Merit in 1999; Their Town: The Mafia, the Media and the Party Machine, a study of political power in Hamilton co-authored with Marsha Hewitt; and 1005: Political Life in a Union Local. Bill Freeman is also a popular children's author who has won the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for "a body of work" and a Canada Council Award for Juvenile Literature.


"The novel is fast-paced and written in clear language appropriate for readers in the age range given. The characters are multi-dimensional, and their development throughout the story is very believable. The inclusion of actual photographs from such places as the National Archives of Canada, the Saskatchewan Archives Board and the Montana Historical Society provides readers with a real sense of the land and the people and supports the plot. Recommended."
Jennifer L. Branch, Canadian Materials
"The latest entry in author Bill Freeman's Bains Series, Sioux Winter is an exciting tale of survival. Its strength, however, lies in Freeman's vivid portrayal of the sufferings of the Assiniboine following the influx of white settlers. Sioux Winter would make an excellent accompaniment to a visit to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre."
Barbara McMillan, Calgary Herald
"Throughout the trek, Freeman exposes the true mettle of each of these characters and the reader empathises with each one's fears, tenacity, and fortitude. The development of these characters provide the novel with an authenticity that is necessary for good historic fiction. The factual information about that period of history also supplies the novel with credibility. This is a superb novel to generate a resource unit or a thematic literature unit on North American Native peoples and/or the settlement of the North American prairies. The knowledge that I gained from this novel was phenomenal and I am confident that students will be motivated to investigate more of our history subsequent to reading Sioux Winter. I highly recommend this novel."
Tina White, Resource Links


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