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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 doesn’t 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 can’t stop running and moves restlessly from job to job - through fishing grounds, orchards, and logging camps - trying 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.  

©2020 Michelle Good (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Poor narration,mediocre plot

I have never listened to an audio book with such an annoying narrator.every sentence sounds sing-song and my partner thought it was a computer reading the book. The narration was the worst experience.
It wasn’t until the end when some very moving material appeared,otherwise a very mediocre book terribly read.

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Beautiful and heartbreaking story

Glad to have listened to such a vulnerable and honest perspective of residential schools.

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Great Story, Indigenous Narrator needed

This was a great Book, graphic but eye opening. The narrator is one I've heard before with different books and I found it hard to believe parts of the story without the presence of an indigenous accent.

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too upsetting

I couldn't finish this because it was too disturbing. I couldn't listen to all the violence and tape