Why We Love It: This book opened our eyes to one of the most heartbreaking parts of Canadian history. The Five Little Indians by Michelle Good is a true tear-jerker as it walks you through the interweaving and connected stories of Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie during and after their life in residential school. It does not save the reader from the reality these children faced, this book shows how every child who stepped through residential school doors was robbed of a typical childhood experience often romanticized in North-American culture.
Good also brings to light the different problems trauma on this scale can invoke. These consequences range from addiction to internalized pain, to personality disorders, and even violence. Michelle Good does an exceptional job at allowing each reader to step into a survivor’s shoes and begin to comprehend what it means to move through trauma and survive in a world that one was unprepared for. This book not only opened our eyes to this piece of history but opened our hearts to each of these children’s stories, and we cannot recommend this book enough.