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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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  • 2021-03-11

heartwarming & heartwrenching

So sad that we out people through such an experience. And I have no words for the resilience shown by these characters!

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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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Heartwrenching

Beautifully told story of the heart breaking truth of residential institutions. The truth will prevail.

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Enlightening

A must read and should be considered for high school learning.
It brings to light a number of troubling issues with an excellent narrative perspective.
Compassionate and knowledgeable.

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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

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Every Canadian needs to read this

This book was such a lovely moving story of strength, and survival, as well as heartache and sorrow. While the subject matter is difficult and hard to listen too at times, I believe it's our responsibility as Canadians to learn as much as we can so we can do better.

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Absolutely beautiful.

Loved it. Stories of hearbreake, love and survival.
Wonderful job by the narrator. Astounding book

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Excellent Book

This was well written and an excellent listen. Lots of ups and downs and I binge listened. Highly recommend!

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This book is a must...

Why is it only now that these stories are being heard? The discovery of 215 children's bodies at the Kamloops residential scool just last week horrifies me. The test of Canada's moral compass will be measured by the courage it will take to uncover what lies beneath the residential schools. Even though the Pope can't say sorry I will. I am so sorry...

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Both enjoyable and educational

Five Little Indians was both enjoyable and educational while shedding light on a terrible injustice. I have a new understanding of the impact that the residential schools had. It was a great read even if at times it was heart breaking.