My Name Is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling

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Her name was Seepeetza when she was at home with her family. But now that she's living at the Indian residential school her name is Martha Stone, and everything else about her life has changed as well. Told in the honest voice of a sixth grader, this is the story of a young Native girl forced to live in a world governed by strict nuns, arbitrary rules, and a policy against talking in her own dialect, even with her family. Seepeetza finds bright spots, but most of all she looks forward to summers and holidays at home.
 

About Shirley Sterling

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Sterling has twice won the Native Indian Teacher Education Alumni Award as well as the Laura Steinman Award for Children's Literature.
 
Published December 1, 1998 by Perfection Learning. 126 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Written in what PW called a ""devastatingly simple"" style, this ""rather desolate"" autobiographical novel chronicles a girl's harsh experiences at an Indian residential school in 1950s British Columbia.

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She and her classmates are beaten with a strap by Sister Superior and threatened not to get out of bed lest the devils grab them and ""drag us into the fires of hell."" Related as entries in Seepeetza's private journal, this book has a devastatingly simple style and conveys tiny details only a pe...

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