The Loxleys and the War of 1812

By Alan Grant (Author), Mark Zuehlke (Author), Claude St. Aubin (Illustrator), Lovern Kindzierski (Illustrator)


Combining the graphic novel form with diary and letter-style writings, The Loxleys and the War of 1812 tells the story of the war primarily from a settler family’s (the Loxleys’) perspective. An additional study guide suggests activities to build upon the Indigenous perspective as well, that can be used particularly in the education context. While the graphics do include some violent images, as can be expected given the subject matter, the focus of the story is the human aspect of the conflicts. Given the style of using diary entries and letters, this book lends itself well to discussions of the benefits and limitations of primary sources. The graphic novel format may provide easier engagement for struggling readers.

Additional Information

Winner, Illustration, 2014 Alberta Book Publishing Awards
Winner, Children’s & Young Adult Book of the Year, 2014 Alberta Book Publishing Awards

Supplementary Resources:
Interactive app developed with the NFB
Teacher’s guide including overview, discussion questions, classroom activities, section on media literacy and visual techniques
List of related NFB films
Cartoon adaptation available in English and French.

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