Read Wenjack Online Free - Shortlisted for the 2017 OLSN Northern Lit Award
An Ojibwe boy runs away from a North Ontario Indian School, not realizing 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 Kent Monkman, Wenjack is a powerful and poignant look into the world of a residential school runaway trying to find his way home.
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March 13, 2017
Education, I honestly believe, is the only way to start correcting the incredible injustices of the past. The mistreatment of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is something that I learned so little about throughout my school years, and so it's up to me to fix that.
Reading books like this is harrowing....
October 30, 2016
This is the most important Canadian book of the year.
I don't just mean that in a literary sense either. No, this book is absolutely essential reading for Canadians. In a country where we pride ourselves on our kindness and sense of community, it is of paramount importance that we look upon the a...
April 01, 2017
This is a nice short book that would be a good introduction to Boyden's works. It's a novella that tells the story of Chanie "Charlie" Wenjack who escapes from a Canadian Indian residential school in an attempt to make it back to his family. It's beautifully written, as all Boyden's books are, an...
January 05, 2017
I read WENJACK by JOSEPH BOYDEN in one sitting which took me less than an hour to read. When I bought this book I didn't realize that is was a novella and I honestly didn't know much about the plot either. I bought it because it looked interesting to me and I knew that I would learn something by...
August 14, 2016
One of those rare stories that only takes an hour to read, but you know will stay with you for the rest of your life. Miigwetch, Mr. Boyden.
May 23, 2017
"Many thousands of children died during their time in these alien institutions- from disease, from abuse, from exposure or accidents while trying to run away. The true number of children who died under the watch of those responsible for their care will never be known. Proper records were purposef...
October 14, 2017
10/14/17: Re-read for my Fall 2017 YAL class, partly in conjunction with Secret Path, by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire. Some revisions/edits.
“Walk on, little Charlie
Walk on through the snow.
Heading down the railway line,
Trying to make it home.
Well, he's made it 40 miles,
Six hundred left to g...
February 10, 2017
This book, so tiny and fragile and beautiful, is a gorgeous tribute to a boy who, his family says, was all three of these things.
I love this book -- its frailty in physical size and in emotional contribution.
Boyden has done a beautiful job with a painful subject. Along with Downie & Lemire'...
April 13, 2017
A must read for every Canadian! This is a very short book but tells the story of one of the darkest periods of First Nation children's lives in Canada!
We always hear how nice everyone is in Canada but reading this book shows not everyone was treated with kindness.
February 16, 2017
A pocketbook worth reading; there is some kind of power in there on those pages. It is a quiet and poignant blend of reality and lore from the first people of what would become known as Canada, raped of their culture by the white man and forced to assimilate. The little boy in this story is a her...