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Sugar Falls

A Residential School Story

By David A. Robertson
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Aboriginal & Indigenous, Historical, Canada, Prejudice & Racism, General
Imprint: HighWater Press

Interest Age: 14–18
Grade: 9–12
Reading Level: Lexile HL550L
Class set (25 copies) : 9781553799979, 40 pages, January 2012
Paperback : 9781553793342, 40 pages, January 2012


This title is available as a class set only. The class set includes 25 copies of the original black-and-white graphic novel. To order an individual copy, please find the 10th-anniversary edition here.


A school assignment to interview a residential-school survivor leads Daniel to Betsy, his friend’s grandmother, who tells him her story. Abandoned as a young child, Betsy was soon adopted into a loving family. A few short years later, at the age of 8, everything changed. Betsy was taken away to a residential school. There she was forced to endure abuse and indignity, but Betsy recalled the words her father spoke to her at Sugar Falls—words that gave her the resilience, strength, and determination to survive.

Sugar Falls is based on the true story of Betty Ross, Elder from Cross Lake First Nation. We wish to acknowledge, with the utmost gratitude, Betty’s generosity in sharing her story.

Support for using graphic-novels in your classroom can be found in Teaching With Graphic Novels: In All Grades 4–12 Classrooms. This eBook is available for downloading. Click here.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Sugar Falls goes to support the bursary program for The Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation.

*Content may be disturbing to some readers.