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...

  • Shawn Birss
    Jan 08, 2017

    I took some time to read this book. But it is more than a book.This is a large format graphic novel illustrated by Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), as a companion to an album by Gord Downie (lead singer of ...

  • Lane Anderson
    Dec 21, 2016

    To review Secret Path, you need to do more than read the book. Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire have created a multimedia piece of art that needs to be experienced together. The images and the music and th...

  • 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...

  • MatSee
    Jan 05, 2017

    Secret Path is a comic book/ rock album fusion written by musician Gord Downie and drawn by Jeff Lemire. I have never listened to Downie?s music, nor have experience with his lyricism, but I do know...

  • Angela
    Jan 12, 2017

    I did not know the story of Chanie Wenjack before I read this book. Nor was I really a fan of Gord Downie or graphic novels. Secret Path will be discussed in the February meeting of a book club I atte...

  • 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...

  • Joshua Bertram
    Jan 04, 2017

    Secret Path is one of those "must own" titles. Not only do you get the accompanying album free as a download with the book, this is also a stunning work on its own. Essentially a lyrics book in graphi...