The Diary of Marie Landry, Acadian Exile is my young readers historical fiction novel about the expulsion of the Acadian people in 1755 and their relocation to Louisiana in 1765.
Cheré Coen of the Monroe News-Star writes, “The novel, with illustrations by Joyce Haynes, is well-researched and offers a lively narrative. Written on a sixth-grade reading level, The Diary of Marie Landry will be the perfect complement for the Louisiana history curriculum taught in public schools.” Click here to read her entire review.
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A Teacher Guide – complete with enrichment exercises and vocabulary – is available on Pelican Publishing’s website.
Fourteen-year-old Marie Landry is an Acadian exile who has lived in Oxford, Maryland ever since the Great Upheaval – the British expulsion of the Acadians from their homeland in 1755. Once the Acadians are offered their own land in Louisiana, an exodus begins in 1765; on the cusp of the Acadians’ departure from the American colonies, Marie begins her diary, a gift from her American friend.
Marie describes the Acadians’ often difficult journey to Louisiana while simultaneously including the details of her friends’ and family’s removal from Acadia ten years earlier. Through her journal, Marie recounts tales of hardship and friendship, anguish and hope. Because of their perseverance, their faith, and their connection to each other, the Acadians prevail and triumph in their new home, Louisiana.