This is a true tale of a teenage girl who, in 1983, refused to go to school and became a ward of Quebec’s juvenile system, eventually making her way to The Farm. It questions the use of incarceration as a means of dealing with youth protection cases, and it offers a rare glimpse inside one of Quebec’s oldest juvenile detention centres. The Shawbridge Boys Farm, just north of Montreal Quebec, has been reforming children for more than a hundred years. Thousands of stories can be collected from the children, adults, and seniors who have lived on “The Farm”. This is a story of just one of them, but it can’t be told without including many about the kids who were there with her.

This is a very unique and interesting book. I loved the music soundtrack with it and the raw honesty of it!!

- Ellen: Amazon review

1. We Don’t Need No Education

Pink Floyd

The books soundtrack

Music is a universal language that everyone understands.  Each chapter title is a song that lent its voice to the author when she was a youth.  The sound track of Erika's adolescence has become the soundtrack of the the book.  This, however, is by no means an exhaustive list.

1. We Don’t Need No Education

2. Hotel California

3. Sweet Leaf

4. Crazy Train

5. Over The Hills And Far Away

6. Here For A Good Time

7. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

8. Glass Onion

9. Needle And The Damage Done

10. Take The Long Way Home

11. Another One Bites The Dust

12. Me And Bobbie McGee

13. You Could Have Been A Lady

14. The Chain

15. Bad Company

16. You’ve Got A Friend

17. No More Mr. Nice Guy

18. Twisted Daisies

19. Roxanne

20. I Shot The Sheriff

21. Back Door Man

22. Freedom


Dedicated to the memory of Michele Thibault, Tina Poux, Christina Cain, and Tiffany Mackenzie, the four young girls who lost their lives in the Le Village fire on January 19, 1990.

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