Warbird: What The Critics Say

Warbird is primarily a story of adventure and friendship, but when it does address issues of First Nations culture, religion and history, it does so in a very even and respectful manner. Etienne, himself, has no particular thoughts on religion - he is just interested in learning about different people and traditions. He gives respect to those who deserve it, regardless of their background. Some of the missionaries he meets are kind and considerate characters while others are strict, harsh and unforgiving. He isn't worried about the judgements of the religious community and is more sympathetic to his Huron friends than the priests who want to control them. He encourages his friends to disregard Jesuit demands for them to destroy ceremonial items, like their drums, and is proud to dance with his friends even though it is forbidden. The Huron are portrayed in a positive light because they are Etienne's friends, while the threatening Iroquois are fierce warmongers. It is not really within the scope of this short book to comment on the bigger issues involved with contact and conversion, but Jennifer Maruno's light touch communicates more effectively than many other authors who try harder to make specific arguments.

...fun adventure story with convincing period details, a strong main character and a lot of historical interest
Kris Rothstein
Childrens’ book agent and reviewer in Vancouver, B.C.

CM Magazine

A strength of the book is the author’s realistic attention to detail. The way of daily life, both at home in the Chouart family farm and in the mission are described in detail. Daily chores of making meals, preparing medicines and preserving food for the winter are all made vivid to the reader.
Moira Kilpatrick