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A school assignment to interview a residential school survivor leads Daniel to Betsy, his friend's grandmother, who tells him her story. Abandoned as a young child, Betsy was soon adopted into a loving family. A few short years later, at the age of 8, everything changed. Betsy was taken away to a residential school. There she was forced to endure abuse and indignity, but BA school assignment to interview a residential school survivor leads Daniel to Betsy, his friend's grandmother, who tells him her story. Abandoned as a young child, Betsy was soon adopted into a loving family. A few short years later, at the age of 8, everything changed. Betsy was taken away to a residential school. There she was forced to endure abuse and indignity, but Betsy recalled the words her father spoke to her at Sugar Falls — words that gave her the resilience, strength, and determination to survive....

Title : Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story
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ISBN : 9781553793
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story Reviews

  • Jennifer Mangler
    2018-10-17 07:12

    This is a heartbreaking story. Residential schools did so much damage, and the ripple effects continue to be felt. This is a shameful chapter in US and Canadian history, and far too few know about it. This short graphic novel would be a good introduction to that history.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-23 07:01

    Sugar Falls is set up as a fictional narrative, but is based on a real residential school experience. It is short, to the point, and informative.The story is relayed in a way that introduces the topic without shying away from the truth but also without getting too graphic. It would be ideal for teenagers being introduced to the topic, but definitely not for younger children. The art is moving, and adds to the heartbreakingly raw feel of it all. I did wish there was a bit more to it, but it was good for its length.I would recommend it for teenagers and up looking to read residential school experiences, especially in a comic format. I am definitely interested in more from the writer.

  • Jaime
    2018-11-12 09:07

    If you want to talk to your kids about residential schools, this is a great graphic novel to do it. Read the book first, there is allusion to sexual violence. There is abuse. Residential schools were violent. This book, although a tough read, is a good conversation starter. It should be part of school curriculum. It is a part of our history.

  • Marilyn Belsham
    2018-10-22 09:12

    A really good way to introduce middle school kids to the subject of residential schools. I brought this home to read for myself and then my grade six son saw that it was a graphic novel and asked to read it too. He read it straight through and asked some questions about the ending which I thought showed excellent engagement though possibly meant the story wasn’t as clear as the author intended it to be.

  • Barbara McEwen
    2018-10-21 09:23

    I only wish it was a bit longer but I imagine this would be perfect for the age group it is intended for.

  • Jon
    2018-11-05 05:23

    A short read that covers a great deal of information about Canada's residential schools. Some mature scenes that could either be skipped over for younger teenage audiences; the book is definitely geared towards older teens.

  • Raegan Rocco
    2018-11-01 08:06

    Amazing juvenile graphic novel...

  • Terence Metsikassus
    2018-10-19 12:04

    I really like the story and how it's made into a graphic novel .

  • MK King
    2018-11-17 12:03

    This expertly illustrated graphic novel serves as an introduction to one woman’s abuse by the residential school system and its priests and nuns. There was nothing positive about these schools. My Anishnaabe community was relatively unscathed by this system but religion nonetheless eroded culture, language, and traditions from many generations of my family. In 2018 we do not have a single fluent Anishnaabe speaker in our community which is a product of the colonial policies and attempts at assimilation over hundreds of years and are what fueled the residential school system.I would recommend this book to highschool aged students and history teachers willing to challenge their students will uncomfortable past abuse. As an introduction, it is great. I have heard these stories many times and I continue to be shocked by these horrors to this day. They make me angry and confused but in the end I am hopeful the coming generations can survive and thrive.

  • Sarah Wiwchar
    2018-11-05 03:58

    We have decided to keep this book in our YA section of our elementary libraries due to the implications towards sexual abuse

  • Jason
    2018-10-30 09:08

    very disappointing considering how much it could have done with the subject matter

  • Stevan McCallum
    2018-10-24 10:28

    Sugar Falls: A Residential School StoryDavid Alexander RobertsonPurpose for reading:-looking for something for my Grade 10 English class (ENG 2P)-find something relatively recent-seek out a relevant, engaging graphic novelContent: -appropriate for what what I was looking for: dealt with an issue relevant to the lives of many students in the school-engaging enough; plot was narrow and focused enough so as not to be problematic for students (though frame of story is mildly insulting--a student who needs to do an interview with someone who experience a residential school)Form: -comic book, not a graphic novel-doesn't pass as worthy of study at this level, but would make for a worthwhile read as a supplementary text-the pictures add nothing to the story; nothing original or inventiveStill looking...

  • Janeen
    2018-10-20 04:02

    From the author of Helen Betty Osborne, "Sugar Falls" reveals the darker side of residential schools in Manitoba. I enjoyed the grandmother's perspective, however I think there could have been more depth to the present-day high school students; perhaps their view on the topic. A suitable introductory piece on residential schools.

  • Kristal
    2018-10-27 10:27

    Very interesting graphic novel. I really appreciate Betty telling her story so that others could read and learn from her experience. I hate how people who claimed to love God could be so abusive to children. There were NOT doing the will of God by any means. Christ said that love is the fulfillment of the law. Abuse is not love.

  • Allison Patterson
    2018-11-17 04:06

    Important book. not easy to read (subject matter is sad), but important. My 11 year old said it was sad, but good. It is great to see stories about residential school survivors for middle schoolers.

  • erin
    2018-11-15 09:06

    definitely powerful and moving. Recommended reading for sure.

  • Caitlin
    2018-10-31 07:24

    This was a very interesting and short read. I think it would be very good for high school age readers as an interesting way to tell them about the residential schools.

  • Alexis
    2018-10-28 08:26

    A graphic novel about residential schools. It was only 40 pages. I wish it had been longer.

  • Victoria
    2018-10-29 12:22


  • Jane Mulkewich
    2018-11-15 12:18

    Great to see this short graphic novel. I hope stories like these keep coming.

  • Maeve551
    2018-11-13 05:21

    4.5 / 5 For such a short book, it sure has impact! Very powerful. Every Canadian should read something like this. It would go far to bring understanding.

  • Jamiekid
    2018-11-12 08:18

    A beautifully written (and illustrated) book telling the story of one residential school survivor. The character's voice is strong and empowering. I cried at the end!

  • Melody
    2018-11-12 05:06

    Graphic novel depicting a residential school survivor's brief story - highly recommended.