Goodbye Buffalo Bay

Goodbye Buffalo Bay

[a True Story of Life in A Residential School--and of Moving On]

Book - 2009
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Drama and humour combine in Goodbye Buffalo Bay by award-winning Cree author Larry Loyie. The sequel to the award-winning book As Long as the Rivers Flow and the award-finalist When the Spirits Dance Goodbye Buffalo Bay is set during the author's teenaged years. In his last year in residential school, Lawrence learns the power of friendship and finds the courage to stand up for his beliefs. He returns home to find the traditional First Nations life he loved is over. He feels like a stranger to his family until his grandfather's gentle guidance helps him find his way. New adventures arise; Lawrence fights a terrifying forest fire, makes his first non-Native friends, stands up for himself in the harsh conditions of a sawmill, meets his first sweetheart and fulfills his dream of living in the mountains. Wearing new ice skates bought with his hard-won wages, Lawrence discovers a sense of freedom and self-esteem.Goodbye Buffalo Bay explores the themes of self-discovery, the importance of friendship, the difference between anger and assertiveness and the realization of youthful dreams.
Publisher: Penticton, B.C. : Theytus Books, 2009
ISBN: 9781894778626
1894778626
Branch Call Number: J 970 .3 LOY
Characteristics: 142 p. :,ill., ports. ;,19 cm
Additional Contributors: Brissenden, Connie

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vpl_childrens Aug 04, 2016

This autobiographical sequel to the award-winning As Long as the Rivers Flow is set during the narrator’s teenaged years. In his last year in residential school, Lawrence learns the power of friendship and finds the courage to stand up for his beliefs. Returning home to find that his familiar traditional First Nations life has disappeared, he feels like a stranger to his family until his grandfather helps him find his way. New adventures arise – such as fighting a forest fire -- and Lawrence discovers a sense of freedom and self-esteem. This book explores themes of self-discovery, the importance of friendship, the difference between anger and assertiveness and the realization of youthful dreams.

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muffinpopcorn
Jul 18, 2016

I have read more interesting books on this subject and better books by this Author . Found this one to be on the monotonous side .

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Rbourgon
Apr 03, 2016

A first hand account of one Cree boy's time spent in a residential school and subsequent exit from the school written in third person. This book is written in a language and style more suited to a young adult audience but even as a 30 year old I found it to be somewhat interesting. There is no real history of the residential schools included other than a short blurb in the epilogue. I was able to finish it in two days and found it to be somewhat entertaining and an easy read.

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