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Not My Girl

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

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published: Jan 2014
ISBN:9781554516247
publisher: Annick Press
About the Authors

Christy Jordan-Fenton

Christy Jordan-Fenton vit à Fort St. John, en Colombie-Britannique, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton est sa belle-mère.


Christy Jordan-Fenton
has been an infantry soldier, a pipeline laborer, a survival instructor,
and a bare back bronco rider. Christy has also worked with street children.
She was born just outside Rimbey, Alberta, and has lived in Australia,
South Africa, and the United States. She now lives near Fort St. John,
British Columbia. Christy works with her mother in law, Margaret
Pokiak-Fenton, to write stories.

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Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Christy Jordan-Fenton vit à Fort St. John, en Colombie-Britannique, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton est sa belle-mère.


Christy Jordan-Fenton
has been an infantry soldier, a pipeline laborer, a survival instructor,
and a bare back bronco rider. Christy has also worked with street children.
She was born just outside Rimbey, Alberta, and has lived in Australia,
South Africa, and the United States. She now lives near Fort St. John,
British Columbia. Christy works with her mother in law, Margaret
Pokiak-Fenton, to write stories.

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Gabrielle Grimard has been drawing since she was young. Her passion for drawing and painting led her to pursue studies in fine arts and arts education at Concordia University. After she had her first child, she began her career as an illustrator. She moved from Montreal to Waterville, Quebec, where she now lives with her two children, several chickens and her husband, who builds wooden boats. They share an old barn as their artists' studio. For more information, visit gabriellegrimard.com.
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Editorial Reviews

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


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


“… 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


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


“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


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


“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


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


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


“ … 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


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


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


“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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