A Matter of Conscience
A Matter of Conscience  -     By: Mary Hosmar
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 152
Vendor: Word Alive Press
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.51 X 0.33 (inches)
ISBN: 1770697764
ISBN-13: 9781770697768

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Rebellion is brewing. Fifteen-year-old Jamie MacPherson is confused. Everyone seems to want change but can't agree as to how that change should come about. William Lyon Mackenzie is calling the people of Upper Canada to arm themselves and break free of British rule, and Jamie's friends and neighbours are all for joining Mackenzie and his army. His father is dead set against violence of any sort and has tried to pass that along to his son. Will Jamie follow his father's wishes and stay home or will he go along with popular opinion and join the rebels? Join Jamie as he struggles with the political issues surrounding the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837. About the Author Mary Hosmar is a retired teacher who has spent many years in the classroom passing on her love of history to her students. She feels that one of the best ways to instill this love is to make history come alive by relating the stories around the facts. Although A Matter of Conscience deals with a small episode of Canadian history, it also addresses the conflict within when one's principles may not coincide with those of one's parents. Mary lives in Oshawa with her husband, John.

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    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
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    Unique slice of Canadian history
    February 23, 2014
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 3
    It's 1837 and Jamie MacPherson is fifteen, living with his family on their Canadian farm. William Lyon Mackenzie is calling for Canadians to reject the frustrating and undemocratic British rule, a call that places his family in opposition to many of their friends and neighbours. Is armed rebellion against the God-ordained government appropriate? What if the government gained power through unfair means?

    A Matter of Conscience did an excellent job of fairly presenting both sides of the issue, and this was refreshing (in contrast, most Christian fiction about the American Revolution is written by Americans, and reflects the American view).

    There were a handful of typos (e.g. outrages instead of outrageous), and while they were a little distracting, they were easy enough to overlook. There were also a couple of small factual errors (Canadians, like other citizens of the Commonwealth, were British subjects until 1949). My other issue was that I didn't initially know where the book was set. Yes, I knew it was in Canada, but Canada is a big country. There were references to Upper Canada and Lower Canada, but I'm not Canadian so had no idea what that meant (I've since checked Wikipedia, and it seems they are the modern-day provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Perhaps that should have been explained in an introductory note from the author).

    The novel raised some interesting questions, questions which have no easy answers, and the author did an excellent job of attempting to convey the internal conflict this causes Jamie. However, I felt the story dragged in places, with too much introspection about the arguments for and against rebellion, and too little action. When the action finally came, it felt almost flat, as though the book had been leading up to a conflict which never happened.

    A Matter of Conscience is a solid young adult novel with interesting characters, a unique plot and setting, and it asks some difficult questions. It will be of interest to Canadians, those interested in Canadian history, and anyone who's ever wondered when rebellion or war is appropriate.

    Thanks to the author for providing a free ebook for review.
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