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.







young adult NOVEL

256 pages / Mass Market

Available in the US
World Rights Available

Teacher Resource Guide

Soldier Boys

ISBN: 978-1-895449-06-8

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


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.

*Teacher Resource Guide


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