From the Back Cover
During the Great Upheaval of 1755, the British forced the Acadians to leave their homes in the Canadian Provinces. After having lived in Maryland for ten years, fourteen-year-old Marie Landry and her family prepare to join a mass exodus en route to Louisiana. In her diary, Marie describes the Acadians' journey to Louisiana while simultaneously including the details of their removal from Acadia ten years earlier. This historically accurate account of the Cajuns depicts tales of hardship and friendship, anguish and hope. Because of her perseverance and faith, Marie and her loved ones are able to survive and find happiness in Louisiana. Illustrations enhance this engaging portrayal of human strength. Stacy Demoran Allbritton, a New Orleans native, has always been fascinated by the multi-layered history of her home state. She holds a BA in French and an MA in romance languages from the University of New Orleans, where she received the 2005 James Whitlow Award for Excellence in Romance Languages. She was a high school French and English teacher in Louisiana before deciding to pursue opportunities in writing and travel. She and her husband reside in Louisiana. Growing up, Joyce Haynes knew that she wanted to become an artist. Since receiving her BA from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, she has worked as an art director, a children's book illustrator, and a designer. Haynes has received numerous awards including the Judges Choice Award in Best Illustration from the Missouri Advertising Managers' Association.
About the Author
Joyce Haynes, a resident of Pineville, Missouri, has won numerous local, state, and national awards for her illustrations.
Stacy Demoran Allbritton is a former French and English teacher at Salmen High School in Slidell, Louisiana, and the founder of the school's French club, Le Cercle Français. Allbritton is a recipient of the James Whitlow Award in romance languages from the University of New Orleans, where she earned a BA in French and an MA in romance languages. Allbritton is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. She divides her time between Monroe, Louisiana, and Paris, France.