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    Well Worth Reading

    The story of Yaot’l and Sascho may be fictional but the facts from which their story is built are thought-provoking. Juliet Waldron paints a picture of a hard but peaceful way of life as Yaot’l and Sascho move through the seasons of their particular landscape. Their lives change drastically when they are transported to a residential school where they endure cruelty and degradation. Determined to escape, they draw on their many skills to overcome adversity and return to their families. This sometimes harrowing story is deftly spun as its worst aspects become hopeful positives.
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    A Beautifully Told Native Canadian Tale of Courage

    Yaotl Snow Goose and Sascho Lynx are teenagers growing up in the wild land of Canada's Northwest Territories and Nunavut. They fish and hunt and enjoy the company of their many relatives. The two find a strong attraction to one another at a family gathering. But times are changing and the invading white men want the native children to attend white men's schools. Kidnapped by the Indian Agent, Yaotl and Sascho are dragged hundreds of miles to a desolate land. The nuns at the school are cruel and vow to knock the Indian out of them. The children plan their escape, dangerous as it might be. This is a beautifully described story of the culture of some of Canada's First People, full of native words and beliefs. The terrible experiences at the Indian School and the trek across the country through flood and starvation had me enthralled. Yaotl and Sascho are strong, believable characters.
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    Not Your Typical Bride Story, but Well-Worth the R

    Not your typical historical bride story. This one happens way up north in Canada, where the Dene First Nations did their annual hunting trip only to have young Yaot'l and Sachco stolen by the Canadian government and forced into the residential school. I was curious to see how these people lived so long ago, following game, surviving on the land, living their lives and cultures as generations had before them. But the time spent in the residential school was difficult to read, particularly one part, but the beauty is, they escape. I worried as I read, because I thought they'd surely be recaptured, but they were too smart. My favourite part that had my hair standing on end, was when they encountered a mysterious couple who rescued them from drowning and starvation. As I said, this isn't your typical historical bride story. Such a unique perspective. I'd like to hear more from our First Nations.
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    Brilliantly told and meticulously researched.

    Although the residential schools of the 1950s and '60s play a part in the story, the real story is the physical and emotional journey the young people take as they escape the confines of the school and make their way across the unforgiving land of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in order to return to their families and way of life.
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