My Name is Seepeetza

Douglas & McIntyreSKU: 0888991657

Author:
Shirley Sterling
Grade Levels:
Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Adult Education
Nation:
Plateau, Salish
Book Type:
Paperback
Pages:
126
Publisher:
Douglas & McIntyre

Price:
Sale price$10.95

Description

My Name is Seepeetza is the diary format novel written by Nlakapamux author Shirley Sterling about her life as a twelve-year-old attending the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The entries, from September 1958 to August 1959, offer students a glimpse of what life was like for a girl from a First Nation family sent to residential school. Instead of her Nlakapamux name, the girl is known by the teachers as Martha Stone. The life at residential school is filled with rules, harsh discipline, and severe nuns. Seepeetza is not allowed to speak her language, her long hair is cut off, and when she wets her bed serious repercussions result. The entries deal with everyday life as well as the serious and deadly nature of these schools. Seepeetza relates events such as bullying in the school and the death of one of the students. The entries are balanced by the ones made during her life on her family's ranch. From these the reader learns to empathize with this character's struggles and small triumphs. First released in 1992, My Name is Seepeetza won the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Book Prize as well as the B.C. Book Award for Children's Literature in 1993. ATOS Reading Level: 4.8; Lexile: 720L. Study Guide: http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/mkiva/files/my%20name%20is%20sepeetza.pdf

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