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My Name Is Seepeetza

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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 ...more
Paperback, 126 pages
Published June 11th 1998 by Groundwood Books (first published June 11th 1992)
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Meaghan
There isn't much of a plot here, but the writing is skillfully done. The story is told in the form of twelve-year-old Seepeetza's diary, which she keeps over the course of one year while attending an Indian boarding school in British Columbia in the 1950s. At the time, the law mandated that all Native American children should be sent to their schools, where they were given Anglo names (hers was Martha) and punished if they spoke their native languages. Seepeetza's school, run by nuns, was a blea ...more
Marie
Book Review My Name is Seepeetza

Sterling, S. (1992). My Name is Seepeetza. Toronto, ON: Groundwood Books/House of Ananasi Press.

Why the book was chosen
I chose My Name is Seepeetza a while ago. It was not easy for me to read at first.
Residential school has its impacts and effects that still linger in the lives of Native peoples,
commonly known as Intergenerational Trauma. On the cover was an old photo with an excerpt
from the diary. That photo is what caught my eye and is the main reason I chose t
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Amy
I wish I would've gone into it knowing more about these Indian schools to have a better background and be more drawn to the story. However, I love books that read like no other books I've read, and this is one of them. Seepeetza, or Martha as the white school calls her, tells a powerful story just through keeping a journal. The story feels the same way the protagonist feels, trying to be a child while at the same time experiencing things no child should have to. As with Watsons Go to Birmingham, ...more
Justina
I rated 5 out of 5 stars because this book is completely positive and nothing I imagined before I picked this book. It takes you by surprise other then the Canadian history on Residential Schools in Canada, based on this story I learned that not all Residential School survivors had a negative experience in the years that they were in school.
Seepeetza (Martha Stone) was her white name the priests,nuns and others called her. She talked about her life in the Ranch, where she lived, how her life wa
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Orie Bekale
This book is about a 12 year old girl named Seepeetza, she talks about her life and how everything in her life changed, she's forced to live in a place strict with nuns and priests and that place is Residential School. She likes to day dream a lot and what she day dreams about is her family and how much she misses them, how her life was before she came to residential school. She likes to dance and she knows many different kind of dances, different culture dances. She's sad but when she goes home ...more
Erica R
This book felt very honest and looked at some deep issues in the way a child sees these things. It was very true to its narrator and I really loved the writing. I need to read more about the reserves, residential schools, and the lives of the native people in Canada, and the prejudices they have been and continue to face all the time.
Laura
A friend gave me this book. My grandmother was part of the movement to Americanize the American Indians so I was interested in the premise.

It's a heartbreaking book which I think would be a difficult read for the average student unless (s)he had a strong, personal interest.

I liked it. It's so matter of fact yet there is a dissonance. It's difficult to believe this was still going on in the 50s. (it happened to Grandma in the 20s.) it's hard to read of a dying culture. (The dad could speak six Na
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Steven Spaz
It's boring as hell. It's all flashbacks with little to none story. It has a good idea, but the way the author presents it as a journal, is horrible.
Lisa
A very simple and very touching diary.
Laryssa
it was a amazing book
Shanna
A moving account of life in residential schools. While what happens in this story is horrible, I hope people realise that even worse things went on in many residential schools. I guess that since this is a children's book, Sterling did not want to go into details about that.
Disty
an Indian girl who studied at Kalamak Indian Residential School, her name is Seepeetza or McSpoot, she had to speak and pretend that she's not native people. she was forced by Canada's colonists to be Roman Catholic. this book has its authoress signature! Shirley Sterling! : D
Nicole
Jun 06, 2007 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those curious about residential schools (government enforced schools for Candian aboriginal peoples)
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I just read this for a class. It's a very short engaging read. The narrative is from the child's perspective, one that talks about both the good and the bad of residential schools.
Jillian
It's not much of a story, but it kept me interested. I would recommend.
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