Whispers of War: The War of 1812 Diary of Susanna Merritt is a historical fiction book written by Kit Pearson. It was Pearson's sole entry in the Dear Canada series by Scholastic. The book was published in September 2002 with A Ribbon of Shining Steel.
- "For Ariel, Robin and Linnea, true readers all."
- "11 May 1812
I wanted Abbie to come and see this journal, but when we stopped at her house her mother made her stay and do chores. Every eveing after supper I sit on my stool in the parlour. Tonight Mama and Maria and I sewed while Hamilton told us more stories about Kingston. Then he brought up the subject I dread. "Everyone believes there will be a war," he said. Mama covered her eyes. "Oh, please pray that there is not," she said. All my life, it seems, I have listened to adults talk about war. Mama's older brother fought against the Rebels and was killed by them. Papa's brother was shot when he returned to New York after the war. Two uncles I will never know, all because of the war. What if my brother had to fight? I cannot bear the prospect. It comforts me to be able to tell you my fears. What a great many pages I have written! I know I should not boast, but the black ink of my handwriting does look distinctive on these white pages."
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- "Thanks to Barbara Hehner for her careful checking of the manuscript; to David Webb, Chief of Heritage Presentation, Niagara National Historic Sites of Canada; and to Susan Noakes of the Welland Historical Museum, for sharing their historical expertise."