The Secret Pocket

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The Secret Pocket

By  Peggy Janicki , Illustrated By  Carrielynn Victor
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"Captures the sympathy of readers and holds their attention...An age-appropriate telling by an Indigenous creative team of a tragic historical period."--School Library Journal, starred review

The true story of how Indigenous girls at a residential school sewed secret pockets into their dresses to hide food and survive.

Mary was four years old when she was first taken away to the Lejac Indian Residential School. It was far away from her home and family. Always hungry and cold, there was little comfort for young Mary. Speaking Dakelh was forbidden and the nuns and priest were always watching, ready to punish. Mary and the other girls had a genius idea: drawing on the knowledge from their mothers, aunts and grandmothers who were all master sewers, the girls would sew hidden pockets in their clothes to hide food. They secretly gathered materials and sewed at nighttime, then used their pockets to hide apples, carrots and pieces of bread to share with the younger girls.

Based on the author's mother's experience at residential school, The Secret Pocket is a story of survival and resilience in the face of genocide and cruelty. But it's also a celebration of quiet resistance to the injustice of residential schools and how the sewing skills passed down through generations of Indigenous women gave these girls a future, stitch by stitch.

ISBN: 9781459833722

ISBN-10: 9781459833722

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Publication Date: 04/11/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 04/11/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 32

Language: English

Categories

Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island

Activism & Social Justice

Biography & Autobiography - Cultural & Regional