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category: Children's Fiction
published: Jan 2014
publisher: Annick Press

Not My Girl

by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

tagged: native canadian
About the Authors
Christy Jordan-Fenton is the author of Fatty Legs, which was named a 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Honor Book. She lives in Fort St. John, British Columbia.

Margaret Pokiak-Fenton is an Inuvialuk elder and artisan who spent her early years on Banks Island in the high Arctic. She now lives in Fort St. John, British Columbia.

Gabrielle Grimard uses various media to research and create the illustrations for a book, but her favorite aspect will always be color. She uses mainly watercolors, gouache, and oil. She adds a touch of wooden pencil for the details. She has illustrated dozens of books and has been nominated for several awards. She lives near Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Editorial Reviews

“… not to be missed.”—Canlit for Little Canadians, 04/17/14

“Another compelling version of an inspiring story.”—Kirkus, *starred review, 05/28/14

“… an excellent volume that should be included in public and elementary school collections …”—The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 02/15

“… a difficult and emotional story … that is relatable and engaging for young readers.”—CM Reviews, 06/13/14

“I believe that everyone, no matter their age, should read these books.”—Dickens Library, 01/18/15

“Another impressive entry into the story of Margaret and her childhood …”—wakingbraincells.com, 07/14/14

“ … a deeply felt exploration of identity and cultural crisis rendered as a deep, satisfying sigh appropriate for sharing aloud.”— The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, 08/14

“… told simply, and with clarity … It is written with honor, and with tremendous feeling for the loss [Margaret] shares with so many other children.” —Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 02/16/14

“Pokiak-Fenton’s emotionally honest writing is affecting and heartbreaking.”—National Reading Campaign, Readerly, 02/20/14

“ … rich in language and beautifully illustrated.”—Allison’s Book Bag, 08/07/14

“… illustrations … capture the subtle beauty and harsh landscape of Canada’s North …”—Montreal Families, 07/15

“The illustrations … are bold and captivating … You can feel the emotion of each person through their faces.”—Resource Links, 06/14

“… a great way to introduce important questions about identity and ethics to young readers and is, additionally, a pleasure for the eyes.”—Montreal Review of Books, Fall/14

“Culturally relevant, accurate, and soft, painterly illustrations … reinforce the bittersweet and tender reunion of Olemaun with her family.”—School Library Journal, 09/01/14

“The trio again transforms painful, unfortunate memories into another enduring story of resilience, tenderness, and unconditional love.”—BookDragon, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, 04/16/14

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Not My Girl

After two years away from home at a residential school, Margaret returns to her Arctic home only to find that she no longer fits in.

Knowing how to read, write, and add numbers does not impress Margaret’s family when she returns to her Arctic home. Margaret is now an outsider and must re-learn the ways of her family (language, food, and behaviour). When using this sequel to When I Was Eight, teachers and students can discuss the themes of loss, family, and belonging.

Also available: When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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