April 1, 2016

Review: Black Apple by Joan Crate



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MaryAnn-2015Black Apple by Joan Crate gives the reader a little glimpse of what life was like for the children who were forced by the Canadian Government to go to Residential Schools run by the Catholic Church.

If you are not aware of this Canadian tragedy, I would strongly encourage you to check it out. Not only is it a shameful Canadian past, but it still affects many aboriginal Canadian’s today. The suffering that they had to endure is one that I just cannot fathom.

My hope with Black Apple by Joan Crate was to get a first hand look through the eyes of Sinopaki, who was forced to change her name to Rose Marie, at what she had to go through. Luckily for Sinopaki, her life is not as horrific as those mentioned around her or the boys who attended the boy school. Luckily for Sinopaki, the head mistress of the school, Mother Grace, has taken a strong interest in her and has decided to path her way to a life as a sister.

What author, Joan Crate, does a great job of is weaving terrible details of what occurs to some of the other children into Sinopaki’s story. But she also includes the woes and conflicts within the sisters and the vows that they had taken, and the horrible truths that involve a priest.

Black Apple by Joan Crate follows the story of Sinopaki right from the time she is ripped away from her family and forced to change everything she has ever know, up to when Sinopaki becomes a young lady and is able to live HER life. We watch as she struggles with the beliefs that had been forced upon her, and her draw to a regular life.

The way in which Joan Crate tells the story, readers will be quickly drawn into a story filled with pain and sadness. My heart ached for each and everyone of these kids and my heart broke for the families that were allowed only a few precious moments with their children.

If you are at all curious about what like in a Residential School was like, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Black Apple by Joan Crate. It’s a story that has to be told and one that people should be aware of, regardless if you are a Canadian or not.


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