The Witness Blanket: Truth, Art, and Reconciliation

Carey Newman (Author) Kirstie Hudson (Author)
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Age Groups: Ages 7 to 9, Ages 10 to 12, Ages 13 to 15

This nonfiction book for middle-grade readers, illustrated with photographs, tells the story of the making of the Witness Blanket, a work by Indigenous artist Carey Newman that includes items from every residential school in Canada and stories from the Survivors who donated them.

For more than 150 years, thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their families and sent to residential schools across Canada.

Artist Carey Newman created the Witness Blanket to make sure that history is never forgotten. The Blanket is a living work of art—a collection of hundreds of objects from those schools. It includes everything from photos, bricks, hockey skates, graduation certificates, dolls and piano keys to braids of hair. Behind every piece is a story. And behind every story is a residential school Survivor, including Carey's father. This book is a collection of truths about what happened at those schools, but it's also a beacon of hope and a step on the journey toward reconciliation.

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SKU 141683
ISBN 9781459836129
Language English
Lexile ® Measure 1030L
Guided Reading Level Z
Page Count 96
Product Type Hardcover Books
Book Type Middle Grade Nonfiction
Additional Contributor Kirstie Hudson
Primary Contributor Carey Newman
Age Groups Ages 7 to 9, Ages 10 to 12, Ages 13 to 15
Publisher Orca Book Publishers