Monday, June 5, 2017

Lisa's Review: Secret Path

Secret Path by Gord Downie & Jeff Lemire

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Secret Path is a graphic novel, written by Gord Downie and illustrated by Jeff Lemire. The text in the book consists of the lyrics to the ten songs on Gord's album of the same name.

The book & lyrics tell the true story of Chanie Wenjack. Chanie was forcibly taken away from his family to attend a residential school. At the age of 12, he escaped the residential school and died attempting to make his way home (no spoilers here, as these details are available on the book cover). The illustrations in this book are beautifully done - perfectly giving a haunting and uneasy feeling of how Chanie might have felt both being taken from his family and the loneliness of trying to make his way home.

This is my ninth book read for the 10th Annual Canadian Book Challenge.


  1. I've kind of been putting off reading this one as I'm a little afraid of the emotional effect. I think I should just do it, especially this month. Thanks for the reminder and encouragement.

    1. Yes Melwyk, definitely an emotional one here. I'd also recommend watching the 2 hour CBC special, link here: , which includes Secret Path fully animated through all of the songs, Gord's visit with Chanie's family, and a CBC panel discussion.


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