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When I was eight / Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton ; art by Gabrielle Grimard.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library J 921 POK (Text) 33500012761763 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781554514915
  • ISBN: 1554514916
  • ISBN: 9781554514908
  • ISBN: 1554514908
  • Physical Description: 32 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Toronto ; Annick Press, [2013]

Content descriptions

General Note:
MN American Indian literature.
"Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, When I was eight makes the best-selling Fatty Legs accessible to children"--Page 4 of cover.
Has sequel: Not my girl.
Participant or Performer Note:
Christy Jordan-Fenton; Gabrielle Grimard; Margaret Pokiak-Fenton.
Summary, etc.:
This book chronicles the unbreakable spirit of an Inuit girl while attending an Arctic residential school.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR Lower Grades 4.3 0.5 quiz: 157707.
Additional Physical Form available Note:
Issued also in electronic format.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2013 May #1
    In this picture-book memoir, an adaption of Fatty Legs (2010), Olemaun (later known as Margaret) an Inuit, recollects how she begged her father to attend the church-run Indian residential school so she could fulfill her cherished dream to learn to read. Once there, what she discovers is the school is draconian. Using a simple, direct tone, Olemaun describes how a nun cuts her braid, changes her name, and assigns an endless list of chores. Classmates tease. Even as she labors, Olemaun finds strength in memories of her father's love and uses every opportunity to study the alphabet and sound out words. Effective shadow-ridden illustrations capture the pervasive atmosphere of abuse, but the final picture speaks volumes about Olemaun's determination and triumph: her face appears as large and shining as the sun emerging from darkness, because she has taught herself to read. A historical note providing context would have been helpful, but advanced readers can turn to the authors' longer work. A searing account of assimilation policies and a celebration of the human spirit. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton are the authors ofFatty Legs and A Stranger at Home. They live in Fort St. John, BC.

Gabrielle Grimard has illustrated numerous books for children. She lives in Quebec.

Subject: Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret > Childhood and youth > Juvenile literature.
Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret > Enfance et jeunesse > Ouvrages pour la jeunesse.
Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret > Childhood and youth.
Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret.
Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret.
Inuit > Canada > Residential schools > Juvenile literature.
Inuit women > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Internats pour Inuits > Canada > Ouvrages pour la jeunesse.
Femmes inuites > Biographies > Ouvrages pour la jeunesse.
Inuit > Canada.
Off-reservation boarding schools > Canada.
Inuit women > Biography.
Inuit > Canada.
Women > Biography.
Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Inuit women.
Genre: Biographies.
Illustrated works.
Illustrated works.
Juvenile works.

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