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I am not a number / written by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer ; illustrated by Gillian Newland.

Dupuis, Jenny Kay, (author.). Cole, Kathryn, (editor.). Kacer, Kathy, 1954- (author.). Newland, Gillian, (illustrator.).

Available copies

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

Current holds

1 current hold with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library J DUP (Text) 33500012762019 Main On holds shelf -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781927583944
  • ISBN: 1927583942
  • Physical Description: 32 unnumbered pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits (some colour) ; 29 cm.
  • Publisher: Toronto, ON : Second Story Press, [2016]

Content descriptions

General Note:
MN American Indian literature.
"Editor: Kathryn Cole"--Colophon.
Summary, etc.:
"A picture book based on a true story about a young First Nations girl who was sent to a residential school. When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from despite the efforts of the nuns to force her to do otherwise. Based on the life of Jenny Kay Dupuis' own grandmother, I Am Not a Number brings a terrible part of Canada's history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to"-- Provide by publisher.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader 4.0.
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 186507.
Awards Note:
American Library Association Notable Children's Book: Middle Readers; 2017.
Oklahoma Library Association: Silver Birch Award Nominee; 2018.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 September #2
    *Starred Review* While chapter books about Indian boarding schools are available, if not plentiful, few picture books deal with the issue. Dupuis and Kacer's story, based on Anishinaabe-Ojibway Dupuis' family experience, is a welcome addition and should be particularly useful when teaching the history of the wrongs done to Native Americans—in this case, the First Nations of Canada. In the 1930s, eight-year-old Irene is forcibly removed from her life on Nipissing First Nation to attend a Catholic boarding school. The experience is harrowing: her hair is cut, use of her native tongue results in gruesome punishments, and she is not allowed to communicate with her family. Finally, her name is taken away, and she is known merely by a dehumanizing number. Her joy at returning home for the summer is palpable, and her father vows his children will not go back, despite the demands of the government's Indian agent. An afterword explains the residential school system and Dupuis' personal history. Newland's illustrations zero in on the details that will stick with young readers: the scissors about to clip Irene's hair, the meager food, Irene's face after her hideous punishment. When home, her world is brighter, as symbolized by her yellow dress, white laundry on a clothesline, and the golden fields around her house. This well-done, empathetic historical book is highly recommended for all collections. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Indigenous peoples > Canada > Juvenile fiction.
Off-reservation boarding schools > Canada > Juvenile fiction.
Indigenous peoples > Canada > Juvenile fiction.
Off-reservation boarding schools > Canada > Juvenile fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism.
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Physical & Emotional Abuse (see also Social Themes / Sexual Abuse).
Native peoples > Canada > Residential schools > Juvenile fiction.
Internats pour autochtones > Canada > Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse.
JUVENILE NONFICTION > Canada > History > Canada.
JUVENILE NONFICTION > People & Places > United States > Native American.
JUVENILE NONFICTION > Social Topics > Prejudice & Racism.
Indigenous peoples.
Off-reservation boarding schools.
First Nations > Residential schools > Juvenile fiction.
First Nations > Residential schools > Biography.
Native peoples > Fiction.
Off-reservation boarding schools > Fiction.
Indigenous peoples > Fiction.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.
Picture books.
Picture books.

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