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Five Little Indians
Five Little Indians: A Novel | Michelle Good
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Taken from their families when they are very small and sent to a remote, church-run residential school, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie are barely out of childhood when they are finally released after years of detention. Alone and without any skills, support or families, the teens find their way to the seedy and foreign world of Downtown Eastside Vancouver, where they cling together, striving to find a place of safety and belonging in a world that doesnt want them. The paths of the five friends cross and crisscross over the decades as they struggle to overcome, or at least forget, the trauma they endured during their years at the Mission. Fuelled by rage and furious with God, Clara finds her way into the dangerous, highly charged world of the American Indian Movement. Maisie internalizes her pain and continually places herself in dangerous situations. Famous for his daring escapes from the school, Kenny cant stop running and moves restlessly from job to jobthrough fishing grounds, orchards and logging campstrying to outrun his memories and his addiction. Lucy finds peace in motherhood and nurtures a secret compulsive disorder as she waits for Kenny to return to the life they once hoped to share together. After almost beating one of his tormentors to death, Howie serves time in prison, then tries once again to re-enter society and begin life anew. With compassion and insight, Five Little Indians chronicles the desperate quest of these residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward.
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Theexplorer
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“The hotels…were nothing more than flaphouses rented by the hour and week for those who needed to be within staggering reach of the beer parlours.” Such beautiful language!

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shortsarahrose
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A compelling, character-driven novel about five indigenous people who survived an abusive childhood at a residential school. The story mostly focuses on life after that as they try (and sometimes fail) to put their lives back together. Switched to audio when my ebook loan ran out, but wasn‘t crazy about the narrator and had a little trouble keeping track of the timeline in that form. Still, that only slightly detracted from the this powerful novel

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shortsarahrose
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“Mack beckoned him aboard. Kenny carefully counted out ones and fives from his tobacco tin and passed Mack twenty bucks. ‘Give that to my mother next time you see her, okay?‘
Mack folded the bills carefully, then put his hand on Kenny‘s shoulder for a moment before they turned to ready the boat for sea.”

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SarahBookInterrupted
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I reviewed Michelle Good‘s book Five Little Indians on Book Interrupted‘s Manuscript Monday Blog post. Check it out here https://www.bookinterrupted.com/post/manuscript-mondays-five-little-indians

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DHill
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It‘s going to take me a while to unpack this. Or even try. For what this novel says in words there is so much more going on under and around.

I had a hard time with the audio but once I let go of that and just listened to the story I was hooked.

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rachelsbrittain
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Book mail 😍

Readergrrl I bought this book last summer and just haven‘t found the time to read it. Seeing it listed here is reminding me that it should be next on my TBR list! 3mo
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bookishbitch
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My #independentbookstoreday purchase. I have heard good things about this one.

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Singout
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An excellent novel: five Indigenous students from a residential school on a B.C. island escape or are released at different times, and have lives that intentionally or accidentally intersect. All of them deal with the exploitation and abuse they have survived in different ways, and the book looks at both the impact of internalized trauma and healing through activism, traditional spirituality, and mutual support.
#Booked2022 #OwnChoice #Indigenous

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mcctrish
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This book has been reviewed a lot. It is heartbreakingly AMAZING. It is somehow filled with enough hope to temper the horror. Here‘s hoping the Vatican does the right thing 💔❤️ so healing can continue ( in this article an indigenous person said ( paraphrasing) “it‘s not the faith that‘s bad, but people “ and I‘m honestly not sure I have their grace

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Singout
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My April #bookspin list!
1. Noopiming
2. Cloud Cuckoo Land
3. How Much of these Hills is Gold
4. Under the Undala Trees
5. Seeing Ghosts
6. Seven
7. New Jim Crow
8. Soldier Boy
9. The Purpose of Power
10. A Long Way Gone
11. Disruption
12. The Innocents
13. The Mountains Sing
14. Spectacle
15. Follow Those Zebras
16. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
17. H is for Hawk
18. The Last Gift
19. The Underground Railroad
20. The Night Tiger

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Singout

#Bookspin list for March:

1. Noopiming
2. Cloud Cuckoo Land
3. How Much of Hills
4. Bomber Mafia
5. Five Little Indians
6. Seven
7. New Jim Crow
8. Soldier Boy
9. This Mournable Body
10. A Long Way Gone
11. Disruption
12. The Innocents
13. The Mountains Sing
14. Everything Inside
15. Follow Those Zebras
16. The Boy Who Halrnessed the Wind
17. H is for Hawk
18. The Last Gift
19. Wife of the Gods
20. The Night Tiger

Suet624 Great books on this list. 5mo
Singout Thank you! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
Singout Not to late to change How Much of These Mountains to The Sentence! 5mo
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Blueberry
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This book broke my heart.
Though all the #CanadaReads2022 shortlisted books were REALLY good this year this one is my choice to win. The one that "everyone needs to read".

#CanadaReads2022.

NataliePatalie Nice background matching :o 6mo
Tamra I have this in my audio queue - I should listen to it next. 6mo
Prairiegirl_reading I just finished Scarborough. I‘ll be needing something light and fluffy before I get my heartbroken again! The whole Canada reads list this year is so interesting to me. I‘m looking forward to the debates even though I‘m sure I won‘t get them all read. 6mo
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Blueberry
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"Clara stood behind Mariah's cabin, the late summer warmth rising from the soul."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl
#CanadaReads2022

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Nebklvr
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A brutal depiction of life at the Indian School. Even the survivors didn‘t always survive it. There was a snag in one storyline that never seemed to jive but other than that, this was an immersive read about the tragic things that were done to children and the shredding of families. This is a Canadareads contender.

Cinfhen This sounds brutal 😥 6mo
Nebklvr @Cinfhen It wasn‘t graphic but it was intensely sad. 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m sure. It‘s a terrible piece of history 😣 6mo
Nebklvr @Cinfhen And still going on. Still looking for graves ar indian school near me 6mo
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xicanti
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I‘ve made a good start on my third Canada Reads title. It‘s gonna be intense. Hopefully I can really sink into it this afternoon.

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merelybookish
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Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie & Maisie were small children when ripped from their families and forced into residential schools where they experienced cruelty, mistreatment and physical & sexual abuse. This book follows them after they get out as they try to survive while being haunted by they trauma they endured. This book attests to hope, healing and resilience in spite of the efforts by Cdn government to destroy the indigenous populations. It's 👇

merelybookish A vital story that needs telling & the novel has won multiple awards. I just wish the writing had been better. Some of it was clunky, but it also felt simplistic. Characters lacked nuance & were used to make a point (that childhood trauma can lead to self sabotage, or addiction, isolation) It felt like the author didn't trust the reader. But it's fair that an Indigenous writer like Good might not trust settlers to get it without making it obvious. 6mo
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merelybookish
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Current read for my IRL book club. And Canada Reads contender.
Thoughts so far: important story, so-so writing. But it's already won lots of awards, so what do I know?

vivastory Are those printed stickers? 6mo
merelybookish @vivastory Yep. No picking them off. 6mo
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xicanti
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I was still 307th on the list for FIVE LITTLE INDIANS, so I was mighty glad to see a closeish library branch had an Express copy on the shelf. I went there first thing this morning to nab it. Now I‘ll have read all the contenders before Canada Reads starts!

TheKidUpstairs Nice find! I just finished this one, it was my third of the five. I've got Washington Black on my shelf and I think I'm 2nd on the hold list for City of Dirty Water so I should be able to finish them all before debates start, too! 6mo
xicanti @TheKidUpstairs go us! I read Washington Black soon after it came out, I‘ve got What Strange Paradise in my audio queue, and I should get both City of Dirty Water and Scarborough inside the month. 6mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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I don't know that there is much to say that hasn't already been said about this beautiful book. Following five characters through their lives after being released or escaping Residential School, Good never shies away from the trauma of their experiences. But the overall feeling is one of resilience and hope, community, friendship, and love. A quick read, as the narrative's pacing pulls you along, and the jumps between characters are well balanced.

Soubhiville Great review! You made me stack it. 📚🙂 6mo
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xicanti
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The Canada Reads shortlist is out! I won‘t manage to read the tagged book in time unless I luck into an Express copy, but the others should make it into my hands before the debates start. Whee!

More info on the picks and the panelists: https://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/meet-the-canada-reads-2022-contenders-1.632...

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ElspethY
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Very good - not my normal genre, but excellently written and discusses the ongoing trauma and recovery from residential schools in Canada

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FantasyChick
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#12Booksof2021 #3rdBookof2021 #March

I'm not saying this was the best book I read but it definitely hit a little different, especially at the time I picked it up. Powerful if nothing else.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks good, stacked it. 7mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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I highly recommend this book. It was a heartbreaking story, but one that makes you reflect on all the different ways that trauma manifests into adulthood. The story is full of hope, sadness, anger, love and friendship. This book will make you cry, but it‘s worth every tear.

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Mirazzles
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I‘ve finished this one and it‘s left me with no words. It‘s heartbreaking. I‘ll be thinking of this one for a long time.

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Mirazzles
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I‘m only three chapters in and it‘s already breaking my heart.

CuriousG Heartbreaking, yet such an important thing to read about. Had a few ugly cries while reading this one. Even my dad (who is quite conservative and not a reader) absolutely blew through this when I encouraged him to read it and has really reconsidered his opinions on some things. Very powerful. 10mo
Mirazzles @CuriousG it really is such an important thing to read about! I‘ve had to pause the audiobook several times because I feel equally enraged and heartbroken. 10mo
CuriousG @AWildMandaPanda Yes! Both enraged and heartbroken perfectly describes how I felt while reading this 10mo
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Mirazzles
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I was finally able to borrow this one from the library…

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CuriousG
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Read this book cover to cover in less than 2 days, which is unheard of for me. First book to make me ugly cry in a long time. About 5 young children who were forced to go to a residential school and their lives during & after. Heartbreaking and still hopeful at times, it is a beautifully crafted novel. Trigger warnings for child physical/sexual abuse, rape, addiction, suicide...pretty much all the trigger warnings.

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angieinwonderland
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While in Vancouver....(Island actually) but still. It is nice to be in some of the settings while on vacation to be able to picture it fully.

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Sassy_Steph
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Every single person needs to read this book! What a story! A real case of finding out what things that have happened in a person‘s life shapes where they end up, what happens to them! Read it, read it right now! It‘s very timely!!! 5 ⭐️s arentvenough!!

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Kazzie
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Excellent! Would recommend to all

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kwmg40
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This is a powerful and inspiring novel about survivors of a Canadian residential school for Indigenous children. Given the horrific news that had come out recently about a mass burial outside such a school, this is an important story for the current times.

I finished the #20in4 readathon with a total of 15 hours and 50 minutes. Didn't reach 20, but it's my highest total yet! Thanks @Andrew65 for hosting!

Blueberry I read Seven Fallen Feathers, a nonfiction book in the same vein. Sad and horrifying. 13mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🍾🥂🥳😊 13mo
kwmg40 @Blueberry I‘d read Seven Fallen Feathers too and recently watched a documentary Spirit to Soar based on the book. Both very powerful. 13mo
kwmg40 @Andrew65 Thank you! 13mo
Blueberry I'll look for the documentary. 13mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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A heartbreaking look at the lasting impacts and generational trauma of Canada‘s Indian residential schools. Good‘s novel follows five survivors as they try to make a life for themselves after years of detention. The existence of these “schools” across North America is yet another example of the whitewashing of history and the brutal, and often hidden, reality of our treatment of Native American and First Nations peoples. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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BookishTrish
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Lovely lovely lovely to get #bookmail today @Andrea4 @FantasyChick Thank you #readersgonerogue

Andrea4 I hope you enjoy that story- I did. Feel free to keep it or pass it on! 1y
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FantasyChick
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Forgot to post but these should be hitting you guys sometime early next week!

@BookishTrish @Andrea4
#readersgonerogue

Andrea4 Oooooo book mail 😍 1y
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FantasyChick
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Finally got to sit down for an hour and finish!!

Welcome to the dark and dirty, not long ago history that Canada tried to sweep under its rug 😤

It was tough and raw and hard to read at parts but I'd highly recommend to anyone. These might be stories of fictional Residential School survivors but the horrors are real.

Who wants it next? @BookishTrish @Andrea4

#readersgonerogue #bookspinbingo #marvelousmarch @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

BookishTrish I‘ll take it! 1y
FantasyChick @BookishTrish Works for me! So I'll send to you, you to Andrea and Andrea to me. Work for you @Andrea4 ? 1y
Andrea4 @FantasyChick definitely! I can send out ...wait what did I read???? Um yea well whatever that was and the Christian vamp one 😜 1y
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BookishTrish I‘ll start mine tomorrow! 1y
BookishTrish (I think I started it and then forgot about it) 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
FantasyChick Hahaha You are definitely my people 🤣 @Andrea4 @BookishTrish 1y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1y
Andrea4 @FantasyChick @BookishTrish fyi I sent both of you packages today!!! 1y
BookishTrish @Andrea4 ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Andrea4 @BookishTrish oh I have to give you guys a heads up that come July I'll have a new address to give you (just for future mailing reference!) 1y
BookishTrish @andrea4 can you send me your current address please? 1y
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FantasyChick
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Yesterday's rest did me some good but I still woke up this morning feeling less than perfect. Due to new guidelines, I am unable to go back to work until I have a negative Covid test. I *should* be getting caught up on some work from home...but....it's Friday and I still have sick days so I'm just gonna go ahead and read instead 😊

#readersgonerogue @BookishTrish @Andrea4

Aims42 Hope you feel better!! Enjoy your day ❤️ 1y
Andrea4 Invest in rest 😘 1y
Andrea4 Also we still need an order of mailing lol @BookishTrish 1y
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FantasyChick
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Already part way through this and I've got a pretty busy weekend coming so if I get through this before Monday I'll be happy 😊

#readersgonerogue #20in4
@BookishTrish @Andrea4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 1y
BookishTrish No rush! 1y
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FantasyChick
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Always up for a chill #readathon to close out the month. Before the month is up I really want to finish:

This Will Be Funny Someday
Sawkill Girls
Five Little Indians

Come play!

#20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 1y
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FantasyChick
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So I go to the bookstore to get the book I ordered. Just the one. But there's someone being waited on. So like the good customer I am, I distance myself....to the $20 wall...of new releases. At this price I get one. Just one. Get to the cash and find out I have Plum Points to redeem. Which makes my book cheaper. Which justifies a second book.

It would be a crime against myself if I didn't, right?

#NewBookDay #NoSelfControl #ItCouldBeDrugs

Hooked_on_books It would be a total crime! Why would you want to hurt yourself that way? You did the right thing. 😉 1y
MsMelissa I mean, I would totally have done the same thing 😉. I can‘t wait to go to the bookstore again! Our stay at home order lifts on Tues and non-essential stores will be able to open once again. Indigo here I come! 1y
Tera66 I mean...you couldn't afford not to! 1y
angel1 Great choices!! The Burning Girls is so good!!!😱 1y
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FantasyChick
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Ok, this can't just be me.

Ever hear about a book, get excited about it, put it on hold with the library and weeks later when it finally comes in you pick it up immediately only to find it doesn't quite seem like what you were expecting?

This book. So excited. It's good, I mean I don't want to put it down, but I was expecting a little more horror.

You know why? It's a completely DIFFERENT book!

I wanted The Only Good Indians 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

ElleSkel Oh dear. 2y
FantasyChick Fun fact: I've actually been calling this Five Good Indians for weeks. 😖 2y
Bookwormjillk YES! One time I was so excited for a creepy mountain climbing book only to end up with an emotionally manipulative romance. I couldn‘t figure out where all the reviews were coming from. Turns out I had borrowed the wrong book 🤦‍♀️ 2y
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LazyOwl We had this one where an IRL book member read the wrong book. She was discussing the book and the rest of us couldn't figure out what she was referring to. Then we realised she'd read something different. We were all laughing 😆 2y
ravenlee Senior year of HS, first day of AP Literature, we‘re discussing our summer reading, which included A Modest Proposal. Most of us are talking about the social satire, and two guys are visibly going WTF. Turns out they used the library for the summer books and the librarian gave them both some play that had some sort of bedroom caper going on. Not exactly what the teacher expected! 2y
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Karmapen
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An exploration of the horrors of Canadian residential schools for indigenous children through the lens of five of them— Lucy, Clara, Kenny, Maisie, and Howie. It shines a light on a really horrific part of Canadian history that white Canadians often try to ignore or conveniently forget. I won‘t be forgetting this book for a long time.

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4.5 STARS - Emotional, haunting and a must-read for non-Indigenous Canadians about the dark and unspoken part of Canada's past - Indigenous residential schools and their effects on generations of Indigenous Canadians and their culture. This is an impressive debut.

Review: https://bit.ly/FiveLittleIndiansReview

Good is an Indigenous author from Saskatchewan and this debut was long-listed for the Giller Prize.

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ChasingOm
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One of my favorite things is learning history through fiction. The tagged book is on my TBR is because I want to learn more about the residential schools that Indigenous children were sent to. Additional recommendations welcomed!

Well Read Native is an Instagram account that I follow for Indigenous literature; if you‘re interested, you can follow their account here: https://instagram.com/wellreadnative?igshid=1lmz9bx8zf0os

#IntegrateYourShelf

CaliforniaCay Thanks so much for this! I've been trying to add more native authors and stories to my TBR 🤗 2y
rockpools I didn‘t have anything to post on Sunday, but I went straight out and tracked down an audio copy of Harjo‘s American Sunrise- and I‘m loving it, so thank you! 2y
ChasingOm @CaliforniaCay & @rockpools Hooray, my day was a great success then! 😄 2y
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Lindy
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Michelle Good at the Vancouver Writers Fest told attendees that the Cree word for tea means “healing water.”

Lcsmcat Love your tea cup! 2y
Lindy @Lcsmcat Thanks! It was originally my mom‘s china set. 😊 2y
TheLudicReader Thoughts on this book? It's between this and White Ivy for book club...I reveal tonight. 2y
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Jolynne
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A difficult story to read but some truths need to be told.

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rabbitprincess
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This is heart-wrenching and a must read.

MsMelissa I‘ll be sure to move this up my TBR pile. 2y
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rabbitprincess
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For the last day of the #CYOReadathon I plan to start the tagged book. My library emailed this morning to say that I had three days left before it was due back 😬 I have to say I really missed those emails while the library was closed earlier in the year! Will also start Northanger Abbey on Serial Reader now that I know the correct #PemberLittens reading order 😊

shortsarahrose I also missed my library‘s “your book is due in two days” emails! Sometimes you just need a deadline 😆 2y
rabbitprincess @shortsarahrose I also find them and library due dates in general) useful as a marker of time 😆 2y
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Lindy
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How do residential school survivors cope with the trauma they've experienced? In this heartbreaking, hopeful novel, Michelle Good brings five characters to life to answer that question.
Full review: https://lindypratch.blogspot.com/2020/08/five-little-indians-by-michelle-good.ht...
#shadowgiller #Indigenous #CanadianAuthor

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