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category: Children's Fiction
published: Jan 2014
ISBN:9781554516247
publisher: Annick Press

Not My Girl

by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton

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 spent her early years on Banks Island in the Arctic Ocean. She now lives in Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Editorial Reviews

“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

“The illustrations . . . are bold and captivating . . . You can feel the emotion of each person through their faces.”

— Resource Links, 06/14

“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

“An excellent volume that should be included in public and elementary school collections.”

— The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 02/15

“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

“Not to be missed.”

— Canlit for Little Canadians, 04/17/14

“Culturally relevant, accurate, and soft, painterly illustrations . . . reinforce the bittersweet and tender reunion of Olemaun with her family.”

— School Library Journal, 09/01/14

“Pokiak-Fenton’s emotionally honest writing is affecting and heartbreaking.”

— National Reading Campaign, Readerly, 02/20/14

“Another compelling version of an inspiring story.”

— Kirkus, *starred review, 05/28/14

“A difficult and emotional story . . . that is relatable and engaging for young readers.”

— CM Reviews, 06/13/14

“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

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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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