Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443139106 Paperback
240 Pages | 5.02" x 7.73" | Ages 9 to 12

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443139113 Ebook
240 Pages | Ages 9 to 12

Blood brothers Jacob and Eli could become sworn enemies when Eli joins the American invasion of Canada.

After avoiding the gallows and fleeing to the United States, Eli returns to Newark when the American Army attacks Fort George. If he is captured again, he will hang, but his return exposes Jacob to possible charges of treason as well—for helping Eli escape. Two people learn their secret: their two enemies, William and Henry. Eli has scores to settle with them. Can he silence them forever —with pistols at dawn?

Set in the battles of Stoney Creek and Beaver Dams —a period when Canada came closest to losing the War of 1812.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Brothers at War:

• Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2014

• Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2014

“ . . . an ebb and pull of loyalties and intrigue. Cummer has captured the historical essence perfectly.” —CM

“Readers gain an excellent understanding of the politics and events leading up to the war . . . The issues at hand are far from black-and-white, and Cummer doesn’t oversimplify or sugar-coat these problems.” —Canadian Children’s Book News

"An exciting historical tale . . . The reader will feel invested in the characters and enjoy the rise and fall of tension as the story progresses through an ebb and pull of loyalties and intrigue." —CM


Blood Oath
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By Don Cummer


What does Eli think? The first two books of the War of 1812 series have been told exclusively from Jake's point of view. In book 3, we get inside Eli's head as the American army prepares its amphibious assault on Newark in what would become known as the Battle of Fort George.

Under the command of Colonel Winfield Scott, Eli uses his local knowledge to guide the Americans to their victory, but then must figure out what his role will be in the occupied town. Can he and Jake remain friends?

Jake's father has retreated with the British army, and Jake has been left to take care of his stepmother and stepsisters, Abby and George. But he also uses his local knowledge to keep in touch with John Norton and the Haudenosaunee warriors.

In a town under enemy occupation, political loyalties shift and slide. When Eli leaves with Mr. Willcocks, Jake assumes that his blood brother has betrayed them all. But when Eli returns from the Battle of Stoney Creek, he realizes that nothing is as it seems in this world of treachery and intrigue.

And when Jake learns the secret plans for an American attack on the outpost where his father is stationed, he must decide whether his orders to remain with his family are less important than his duty to his King. In the swamps and bush of the Niagara Escarpment, he encounters Laura Secord who is also on a mission to warn of the pending attack. At Beaver Dams he once again faces Eli across a battlefield.