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
    Jan 18, 2017

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Allison
    Oct 24, 2016

    What a gift this book is. A gift from our National Treasure, Gord Downie. A gift from Jeff Lemire, who put Downie's untouchable poetry into a visual work that captures, I think, every one of the poem'...

  • Susan
    Nov 23, 2016

    This is the heartbreaking story of little Chanie Wenjack who ran away to escape horrible abuse at his residential school and just wanted to go home to his family. The illustrations vividly portray the...

  • Lindsay Wilson
    Nov 03, 2016

    Oh my god. This book. The music. The illustrations. The lyrics. Everything. Absolutely everything about this book is absolutely perfect. I listened to Gord Downie's accompanying album while I explored...

  • Mary
    Oct 24, 2016

    Excellent. So much said with just pictures. Get yourself a good hot beverage and a half an hour and get lost in this one. About an hour if you buy the album or digital download to go with it! I recomm...

  • Carol
    Nov 16, 2016

    The illustrations and the lyrics are haunting. This will be a lasting legacy to Gord Downie's commitment to righting the wrongs of residential school....

  • Justin
    Nov 02, 2016

    The illustrations are beautiful. The story is haunting....