Secret Path
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Secret Path


Secret Path is a ten song album by Gord Downie with a graphic novel by illustrator Jeff Lemire that tells the story of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack, a twelve-year-old boy who died in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School fifty years ago.

Chanie, misnamed Charlie by his teachers, was a young boy who died on October 22, 1966, walking the railroad tracks, trying to escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School to return home. Chanie’s home was 400 miles away. He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where it was, nor how to find it, but, like so many kids—more than anyone will be able to imagine—he tried.

Title:Secret Path
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:96 pages

    Secret Path Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    Dec 27, 2016

    I'm not a big marketing guy here, but buy this book. But you get more than a book when you buy it; you get the 96 page large format graphic novel by Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Essex County), you get th...

  • Liz Janet
    Dec 27, 2016

    Recent Reads: Let Them Eat Chaos, Secret Path, and Another Day in the Death of AmericaAll that Chanie Wenjack wanted, alongside the other thousands of kids taken to Canadian residential schools, was t...

  • Petra
    May 26, 2017

    Chanie Wenjack and all the children should not be forgotten. We owe them their stories and more.This is a beautifully done tribute to a brave, tortured, saddened young boy who only wanted to go home. ...

  • Randy Mcdonald
    Oct 24, 2016

    Secret Path , drawn by Canadian cartoonist Jeff Lemire , is another account of the story of an Anishinaabe child Chanie Wenjack , the same told in Boyden's Wenjack . Secret Path is a graphic...

  • Allison ?hikes the bookwoods?
    Nov 15, 2016

    I read this beautifully illustrated graphic novel on the heels of Joseph Boyden's Wenjack. The unfortunate story of Chanie Wenjack should be known to all Canadians and books like these are making that...

  • Carolyn
    Oct 18, 2016

    Well, anyone who knows me or has read any of my reviews knows how much I love Jeff Lemire's illustrations. Secret Path does not disappoint. The text is supplied by Tragically Hip singer, song writer G...

  • Laura Bowman
    Oct 28, 2016

    I am so amazed by the number of stories coming out inspired by Chanie Wenjack. Secret Path is Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire's collaboration: a series of songs, written by Downie, that tell the events le...

  • Andrew
    Jan 28, 2017

    For some odd reason I've never listened to the tragically hip. I'm sure I've heard their music on the radio, I do live in Canada after all. But this is the first time I've sat down and listened to Gor...

  • Nadine Hiemstra
    Dec 28, 2016

    This is a quick read - it took me only minutes to finish. But the art work and the depth of the story contained with in makes it very much worth the purchase. I was glad that I'd taken the time to wat...

  • Jen
    Nov 01, 2016

    An incredibly moving graphic novel about Chanie Wenjack. Recommend it be read while listening to Gord Downie's album Secret Path. The song lyrics guide the story, and this is one graphic novel that sh...