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My Name is Seepeetza
By (author): Shirley Sterling
9780888991652 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian Nov 01, 1992
$10.95 CAD
Active 5.1 x 7.5 x 1.28 in 128 pages Groundwood Books Ltd Groundwood Books
 
Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize 1992, Winner Governor General's Literary Awards: Text 1993, Short-listed

At six years old, Seepeetza is taken from her happy family life on Joyaska Ranch to live as a boarder at the Kalamak Indian Residential School. Life at the school is not easy, but Seepeetza still manages to find some bright spots. Always, thoughts of home make her school life bearable.

An honest, inside look at life in an Indian residential school in the 1950s, and how one indomitable young spirit survived it.

Born in Merritt, B.C., Shirley was a member of the Interior Salish Nation of British Columbia. She earned a Bachelor of Education and a doctorate on oral traditions and the transmission of culture. She wrote My Name Is Seepeetza, which is based on her own childhood experiences at an Indian residential school. Acclaimed in both Canada and the United States, the book has won the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. She also won the Laura Steiman Award for Children's Literature.

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