This autobiographical sequel to the award-winning As Long as the Rivers Flow is set during the narrator’s teenaged years. In his last year in residential school, Lawrence learns the power of friendship and finds the courage to stand up for his beliefs. Returning home to find that his familiar traditional First Nations life has disappeared, he feels like a stranger to his family until his grandfather helps him find his way. New adventures arise – such as fighting a forest fire -- and Lawrence discovers a sense of freedom and self-esteem. This book explores themes of self-discovery, the importance of friendship, the difference between anger and assertiveness and the realization of youthful dreams.
I have read more interesting books on this subject and better books by this Author . Found this one to be on the monotonous side .
A first hand account of one Cree boy's time spent in a residential school and subsequent exit from the school written in third person. This book is written in a language and style more suited to a young adult audience but even as a 30 year old I found it to be somewhat interesting. There is no real history of the residential schools included other than a short blurb in the epilogue. I was able to finish it in two days and found it to be somewhat entertaining and an easy read.
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