David Richards
   
 

DAVID RICHARDS’ education at the Royal Military College in Kingston and his experience as a member of the Canadian Army for six years provided him with the perfect background to explore his fictional territories. First there was Soldier Boys (Thistledown Press, 1993) that transformed the Northwest Rebellion from a “history lesson into a human drama.” Next came Lady at Batoche (Thistledown Press, 1999) that rewrote the Gabriel Dumont/ Louis Riel mythology and won a Saskatchewan Book Award. In 2007, The Plough's Share vividly encompassed late nineteenth century England, the Boer War, and Canada’s Barr Colonist experience. In The Source of Light (2011) Richards focuses his attention, research and storytell;ing on science and technology
David Richards lives in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for part of the year and Tahsis, a beautiful ocean village on the west coast of Vancouver Island, for the rest of the year.

 

 

 

 


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teen FICTION

168 pages / paper

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REVIEWS

ISBN: 978-1-897235-93-5
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The Source of Light profiles two seventeen-year-olds, Badger and Mike, as they put on their detective mind sets and physical disguises to seek answers to serious questions such as Mike’s mother’s infidelity and Mike’s father’s involvement in industrial espionage. Obsessed with sleuthing and science, these grade-twelve geeks begin a transformation that will change the lives of everyone they know. Setting the mystery against the background of a synchrotron, a football field-sized facility that uses light millions of times brighter than the sun to peer inside matter, the teen detectives soon begin to connect the world’s most powerful microscope to nefarious black market schemes and the powerful men who spawn them. The result of their investigative surveillance uncovers the complicated truth of a parent’s infidelity, the secret plans of a synchrotron physicist with a split personality, evidence of a foreign agent, and the discovery of a powerful secret code named the Genesis Project that has become the target for international corporate theft.

This novel is dedicated to the pure fun of dazzling light science, the adventure of private investigation, and the surprise when you suddenly discover your true purpose in life while trying to learn someone else’s.

  • Chosen for inclusion in the Best Books for Kids and Teens  2012 edition

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young adult NOVEL

256 pages / Mass Market

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Teacher Resource Guide

ISBN: 978-1-895449-06-8
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If you enjoy a mixture of history and fiction, this account of the Battle of Fish Creek is for you.

Soldier Boys is a novel which transforms the Northwest Rebellion from a history lesson into a human drama.”
NeWest Review.

An easy-read novel that provides a successful link between historical events surrounding Riel and the growth-to-maturity of teens.

  • Finalist, 1994 Geoffrey Bilson Award

Ages 9-13

 Reviews

Bennett, Nelson. “Author writes history for teens.” Moose Jaw Times Herald . August 20, 1993.
Boer, Fred. “Briefly Noted.” Quill & Quire (November 1993).
Bowman, Donna. Saskatchewan Library Association (Fall 1994).
Campbell, Jeff. “A fresh look at 1885 events.” New Breed Magazine - Métis Society of Saskatchewan (November/December 1993): 20.
Canadian Content (Fall 1994).
Jenkinson, Dave. Canadian Book Review Annual (1994): 6181.
Kirk, Heather. “Respecting their audience.” Books in Canada (December 1993): 57-8.
Klein, Gerry. “History 'stories' most readable.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . April 16, 1994. C17.
Manning, Linda. “Riel rebellion makes gripping story.” Cobourg Daily Star . November 2, 1993. 3.
Olson, Stephanie. Saskatchewan Teacher Librarian Newsletter The Medium 33.2: 58-9.
Pugh, Terry. “Books for Young Readers.” NeWest Review (December 1993/January 1994): 28-9.
Thomson, Caroline. Canadian Materials (November 1993): 215.
Walton, Grace. Saskatchewan Reading Council Query 22.3: 39.


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young adult NOVEL

280 pages / Mass Market

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Student Response Guide

ISBN: 978-1-895449-87-7
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The Lady at Batoche is a story of three young people who are changed forever by the brutal simplicities of battle. It shares the same meticulous research and vivid recreation of history as Richards’ much-praised first novel, Soldier Boys but it also answers some of the more puzzling riddles of the Métis rebellion: why did Gabriel Dumont, the brilliant soldier and hardnosed entrepreneur, put such faith in the unworldly visions of Louis Riel? Why were the implacable enemies, Dakota and Cree warriors, both on the Métis side? And how did the Métis get outflanked by General Middleton’s forces?

  • Winner of the 1999 Saskatchewan Book Award for Young Adult Fiction

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NOVEL

536 pages / trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-894345-73-6
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Dispelling the languor often associated with the long historical novel David Richards’ epic novel reestablishes the role of the writer-craftsman in this genre.

Replete with historical accuracy, The Plough’s Share is as much about the complex struggles for self-worth as it is about taming the forces that shaped Canada in the last century.

Set alternatively in England, South Africa, and Canada, the novel translates the world of nineteenth-century England. A young man’s quest to regain his name and win a seductive young woman unfolds as Richards turns loose the hardship, blood, and terror of the Boer War, where men struggle to survive. The reprieve from such madness leads to Canada — the place of peace and plenty, where exploiting the dreamers and those who would reinvent themselves is turned into big business. Caught up in the fever that drew the Barr colonists to the challenge of settling the Canadian West, Richards’ characters are shaped by misdirected enthusiasm, implacable natural forces, and the hardened realism of ravaged dreams. The result is an exhilarating adventure, both tense and riveting.

Ages 13+

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