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  • Heartbreaking!

    This is a very well written book and, in my opinion, an excellent debut. It was long listed for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. It didn’t make the cut for the short list. At first I was afraid that it was going to tear me apart because some parts are heartbreaking. There are so many kinds of abuse such as sexual, substance and mental. I was engaged from the beginning and totally connected with all the characters. The storyline was very well developed without being overly dramatic or repetitive. The main topic is about young aboriginals taken (kidnapped) from their families and forced to live in a residential school and then, after years of abuse, are simply “released” to freedom with no means or place to live. It shows how the Canadian government failed to help its own citizens back in the 60’s.

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  • Must read

    Could not put this down. Heartbreaking yet beautiful.

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  • Five Little Indians

    Difficult to read after the recent discoveries at the Kamloops school, but important to do so to gain some understanding of what those children and their families went through, and are still going through. An important and well-written book and one that I couldn’t put down.

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  • Crimes of history

    This book made me cry. So sad is this story of how the lives of these Indigenous children were destroyed and how hard their journey back was for each of them.

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  • Moved me to tears

    Five Little Indians is one of the most profoundly moving novels I have read in many years. Michelle Good uses brilliant interweaving of the stories of five inspiring and resilient young people who survived the horrors of incarceration in a residential school. The stories focus on the emotional and physical scars that shape the lives of Ruby, Clara, Kenny, and Howie (Lily, the fifth "little Indian" plays a different role). Ultimately, this is a story of healing and triumph over the unspeakable horrors of residential schools, but the novel spares the reader the horrific details of the abuses and guides us toward understanding and empathizing with those who continue to carry the burden with courage and strength.

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