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4.39  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In 1964, two brothers are taken from the warm and loving care of their grandparents, and spirited away to a residential school, miles from home. James, assigned to manual work on the grounds, sees less and less of his younger brother, Thomas. James soon discovers the anguish that Thomas is living under, which leads to unspeakable tragedy. The pain and guilt that dogs James ...more
Paperback, 30 pages
Published 2010 by Highwater Press / Portage and Main Press
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Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is so painful that I don’t feel right rating it as anything. To say “I really liked it” means I enjoyed reading a tragedy that native americans call their reality. The rating is solely for the impact David Alexander Robertson’s work has on his readers. He is an excellent storyteller, that much has already been established.
Ends/Begins picks up where book two in the series (Scars) left off in Edwin's life. We see Edwin's father telling him the story of his time in the Indian Residential School system. This is just as well done as the previous books in the series, and as the other work I have read from David Alexander Robertson.

As we delve more into Edwin's own life, we also delve more into the lives of those before him. Reading about his father's time in a residential school is heartbreaking. The story is so emotiv
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
In this story, Edwin learns how residential schools impacted his dad (and his siblings specifically, but his whole family and the Indigenous population) and ultimately the relationship between the two of them--Father and son--and their family life. No new information if you're family with history, and suited for elementary rather than high school. ...more
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This story seems both most relatable to things I've heard, and so incredibly different from everything I know in my life. Very powerful, very tragic, and very important. ...more
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David A. Robertson (he/him/his) is an award-winning writer and recent recipient of the Writer's Union of Canada's Freedom to Read Award. His books include When We Were Alone (winner Governor General’s Literary Award), Will I See? (winner Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award), Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story (listed In The Margins), and the the YA trilogy The Reckoner (winner Michae ...more

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