The Way Lies North


Author: Jean Rae Baxter

Published: 2007

Genre: Young adult, historical fiction

About The Way Lies North: During the American Revolution, Charlotte and her Loyalist family are forced to flee from their home.

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Review of The Way Lies North

"We've had word from my brothers," Charlotte said. "They're all in the same battalion. Isaac writes—"

"Stop! Don't tell me about it. I hate this war." Nick was staring across the ravine to the hills on the far side. His jaw was clenched. He'd been moody like this for months. She wanted to reach out her hand to brush back the lock of blond hair that fell across his brow, but a sense of hard separateness prevented her.

"We have to fight for what we believe in," she said.


"Because duty matters. I would fight if I were a man."

"Thank God you're not."

A hopeless feeling came over her because Nick was a Whig and she was a Tory. He loved her, and she loved him, but that seemed to matter less and less.

...from pages 7-8

It's the American Revolution. There are two sides. This splits Charlotte and her sweetheart apart. Charlotte and her family flee for freedom. Along the way, Charlotte makes new friends and learns customs of other people.

I haven't read a book that follows a war in a while. Mostly because the only ones I could find were for younger people or older people. I was very happy to have found it and very pleased with it overall. It had a good intense storyline that kept me reading which is always good.

I'd strongly recommend this book to anyone who is in the same situation I was in.

Reviewed by KB, age 14, on 25 January 2009.

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Ruth Nicholson, United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada
“There are no copies to be had at our intermediate end of the school and we have at least a fifteen copies.”
Betty Klassen, CM Magazine, 23 November 2007
“While this novel could be used as a historical text to bring to life many details of Loyalist history, it does suffer from presentism...”


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Added 27 February 2009.
Updated 05 September 2013.