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Publisher's Summary

Short-listed 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, Wenjack is a powerful and poignant look into the world of a residential school runaway trying to find his way home.

©2016 Joseph Boyden (P)2018 Hamish Hamilton

What the critics say

"A profoundly sensitive writer with the eye of a painter and a heart as big as the country about which he writes." (Frederick Barton)
"Boyden is such a fine writer, evoking his characters' emotions in a touching and understandable way." ( Toronto Star)
"Boyden continues the difficult conversation of reconciliation by allowing us a glimpse into the frightened mind of a child who only knows that home is where he should be - and that Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School is not it." ( Maclean's)

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Captivating and moving

So glad a friend recommended. The characters will sweep you away in the first 5 minutes. The narrator is the author - fabulous performance of the text.