Paperback - 2016
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"An Ojibwe boy runs away from a North Ontario Indian School. He realizes too late just how far away home is. Along the way he's followed by Manitous, spirits of the forest who comment on his plight, cajoling, taunting, and ultimately offering him a type of comfort on his difficult journey back to the place he was so brutally removed from." Written by Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author Joseph Boyden and beautifully illustrated by acclaimed artist Ken Monkman, Wenjack is a powerful and poignant look into the world of a residential school runaway trying to find his way home.--
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada :, Hamish Hamilton,, 2016
ISBN: 9780735233386
Branch Call Number: FIC BOY
Characteristics: 102 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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May 28, 2018

Why is Joseph Boyden not a credible author because he was raised by wealthy parents in Toronto? By your reasoning, any author who had not personally experienced something is now not credible? I guess we remove all the history text's from the shelves, because the majority of these authors did not live during that time period or experience the events they write about.

Firstly, this is a fictional story, like an fictional story there may be an element of truth, or not. Secondly, any good author will research and speak firsthand (if possible) to experts who are knowledgeable in the subject they are writing about.

I read this book and loved it. We have all read about the attrocities that occurred within residential schools. Boyden has taken a horrible event in Canada's history, and transformed this into a beautifully written novel, full of insight, compassion and understanding. Personally, I think he's done a fantastic job of showing the reader some of what these children had to endure.

You can be skeptical about whether Boyden is qualified to write this novel or not, but the bottom line is that it's a fantastic book, which is all he ever intended to write.

ontherideau Jan 02, 2018

A novella that could be read by older children. Is Joseph Boyden, a man raised by well off parents in Toronto, a credible voice? I tend to be skeptical.

Jun 06, 2017

Excellent book, read in an hour or so. A small but very emotional book, this award winning author looks at various aspects of Native beliefs and the history of residential schools.

May 27, 2017

My heart goes out to Chanie Wenjack and all the others who experienced the loneliness and fear of the Residential School system.
The mysticism in this story warmed my heart. Chanie wasn't alone through his ordeal of finding his way home. I truly hope that Chanie had the hearts of the spirits with him.
This story can be seen on many levels:
Chanie Wenjack, the frightened, hungry, scared 12-year old who tried to find his way home.
Chanie Wenjack, the boy who's plight caused a nation to look at what they are doing to a People and to start making changes for the betterment of the People.
Chanie Wenjack, the child who stands as a symbol for all those who suffered before and after him until the horror was finally ended.

I was appalled to read that the Residential Schools ran until 1996. This is shameful.
Our country welcomes immigrants from all countries. We allow them to practice their customs, religions and speak their language openly and without discrimination. Yet we denied those privileges to our own countrymen.....at the same time we allowed it to others. Shame, Canada!

This story should never be forgotten. It needs to be told. I hope more of these stories come forward so that healing and awareness happen, with the determination to never let this situation arise again.

Apr 13, 2017

Some stories, however terribly sad, must be told. This one of them. Beautifully written and very painful to read. Those poor, poor children.

Apr 05, 2017


Mar 13, 2017

This powerful little book was more than the story of the ruthless attempt to destroy a sacred culture. This was a marvelous homage to the circle of life, with a spiritual connection to all living creatures.

Mar 11, 2017

This is a beautifully-written work that exposes the atrocities of cultural genocide that took place at the hands of the Canadian government in the 20th century. This important book should be required reading in all Canadian schools.

VaughanPLTamara Dec 27, 2016

This book was a thoughtfully written and detailed depiction of what life was like for a residential school runaway. It is a short book, yet sends a powerful message about what children went through during the time of residential schools. It is hard to read at times because of the nature of the content, but it is important to understand the history and should not be forgotten.

samcmar Dec 26, 2016

Heartbreaking and sad, Joseph Boyden has such a beautiful way with words. I also thought the note at the end was so important and it makes for a lot of interesting and important discussion behind residential schools and Canada's First Nations. This is a very, very emotional read.

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Apr 17, 2017

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