by Maud Hart Lovelace
Maud Hart Lovelace (1892 – 1980), author of the popular Betsy-Tacy books, first published this book in 1929. This historical novel set at Old Fort Snelling in the 1830s is a rich and romantic re-creation of the early territorial period in Minnesota’s history.
Young Deedee DuGay knew everyone at the fort in the 1830s. Independent and quick witted, Deedee — whose brothers were voyageurs — lived with her large family in a cabin at the fort’s military reservation. The respected and compassionate Jasper Page, leading fur trader in MN Territory, lived on a nearby island. Far above her social class, Deedee dared to love him, and a new introduction by Rhoda R. Gilman compares the fictional Jasper Page to Henry H. Sibley, fur trader and first governor of Minnesota, upon whom the character was based.
Their story is a rich and romantic re-creation of an important time in Minnesota’s history, and Lovelace has written an historical story compelling for young adults as well as general readers.