The Helen Betty Osborne Story

Graphic Novel - 2015
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Helen Betty Osborne, known as Betty to her closest friends and her family, dreamed of becoming a teacher. She left home to attend residential school and later moved to The Pas, Manitoba, to attend high school. On November 13, 1971, Betty was abducted and brutally murdered by four young men. Initially met with silence and indifference, her tragic murder resonates loudly today. Betty represents one of almost 1,200 Indigenous women in Canada who have been murdered or gone missing. This is her story.
Publisher: [Winnipeg, Man.] : HighWater Press, c2015.
ISBN: 9781553795445
Branch Call Number: 362.8399 ROB
Characteristics: 30 p. : chiefly ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Henderson, Scott B. - Illustrator


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Dec 13, 2017

It's difficult to evaluate this book. It's very short (30 pages), which makes for a quick read. If the story prompts someone to learn more about the social/political issues involved, that's encouraging. I didn't feel much sympathy for the main character -- which is awful, considering the terrible violence committed against her. The message of the book was "idly share this news story on social media". I'm not sure who this book is supposed to appeal to; maybe it's best viewed as a document to shine a light on under-reported tragedy. 2.5 stars.

Sep 02, 2017

I'm going to refrain from giving this a star-based rating because my main issue with it was that I prefer longer formats. For those who enjoy this format, it's likely very good.

May 19, 2016

Just plain bad.

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