While the locust slept
While the locust slept

Razor, Peter.

Publication Information
St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, c2001.

Physical Description
10 books in a cloth bag ; 37 x 15 cm. + 1 folder.

Instant book club.

General Note
Imprint may vary.
A cloth bag containing ten copies of the title and a folder with miscellaneous notes, discussion questions, biographical information, and reading lists to assist book group discussion leaders.

Personal Subject
Razor, Peter.

Corporate Subject
Minnesota. State Public School.

Subject Term
Adult child abuse victims -- Biography.
Child abuse -- Minnesota.
Abused Indian children -- Minnesota -- Biography.
Ojibwa children -- Abuse of -- Minnesota.
Ojibwa Indians -- Biography.
Boarding schools -- History.
Indians of North America -- Education.
Child abuse -- Case studies.
Book clubs (Discussion groups)
Group reading.

Geographic Term
Minnesota -- History.

Local Subject
Book club kit collection.

Abandoned as an infant in 1930 at the State Public School in Owatonna, Minnesota, Razor is raised by abusive workers who think of him as nothing more than "a dirty Injun" and endures years of beatings "with a broom or radiator brush - whatever was handy." One night, while he is asleep, one of the matrons attacks him with a hammer. In the wake of this savage beating, he finally receives a brief interlude of compassionate care in the hospital. As a teenager, he makes two failed attempts to run away from the orphanage. He is labeled a troublemaker and indentured as a hired hand to a farm family. For a moment, it appears he may escape the grasp of abuse, but instead it is a deeper descent into darkness. The farmer beats him, clothes him in rags, and treats him like a slave, often working him to exhaustion without enough food. Remarkably, Razor struggles to attend high school and begins to dream of another life, but first he must endure the darkest and most vicious attack yet--Jacket.

LibraryMaterial TypeCall NumberItem AvailableCopiesStatus
Oakdale LibraryBook club kitKT 921 RAZOR KIT 211Kits
R.H. Stafford Library (Woodbury)Book club kitKT 921 RAZOR KIT 101Checked Out