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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

Interest Age: 14–18
Grade: 9–12
Reading Level: Lexile® Framework for Reading: HL550L
Paperback : 9781553793342, 40 pages, January 2012


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