Not My Girl

Not My Girl Margaret can t wait to see her family but her homecoming is not what she expected Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak Fenton and complemented by evocative illustrations Not My Girl makes the

  • Title: Not My Girl
  • Author: Christy Jordan-Fenton Margaret Pokiak-Fenton Gabrielle Grimard
  • ISBN: 9781554516254
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Margaret can t wait to see her family, but her homecoming is not what she expected Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak Fenton, and complemented by evocative illustrations, Not My Girl makes the original, award winning memoir, A Stranger at Home, accessible to younger children It is also a sequel to the picture book When I Was Eight A poignant story of a determineMargaret can t wait to see her family, but her homecoming is not what she expected Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak Fenton, and complemented by evocative illustrations, Not My Girl makes the original, award winning memoir, A Stranger at Home, accessible to younger children It is also a sequel to the picture book When I Was Eight A poignant story of a determined young girl s struggle to belong, it will both move and inspire readers everywhere.

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    1. Christy Jordan-Fenton Margaret Pokiak-Fenton Gabrielle Grimard

      Christy Jordan Fenton was born on a farm in rural Alberta Her only dreams were to be a cowgirl, to dance with Gene Kelly and to write stories As a youngster, she barrel raced, rode on cattle drives, witnessed dozens of brandings, and often woke up on early spring mornings to find lambs, calves, and foals taking refuge in the bathroom.Her parents divorced when she was seven, and she moved to town She remembers the strange noise of the traffic at night and would describe the experience like moving to a foreign country Luckily, she was blessed with a stepfather who loved the outdoors and often took her and her brother on day long bike rides, and fishing and camping trips From a young age, she was very aware of how his experiences as a Native affected both his life and the lives of her step siblings She has been passionate about Native rights ever since.Christy attended a rural high school in Ontario with a population of 500 students collected from six different communities She preferred a dance studio to the classroom and composed volumes of poetry during math classes She also managed to read nearly every book by Mordecai Richler before graduating Most of these were read by stealth during lectures.Having had her head filled with too many lost generation romantic notions, she joined the infantry reserve and spent the next few years traveling from base to base She was then accepted to Norwich University VT in the Corps of Cadets to study Peace, War and Diplomacy While there, she was part of the Mountain Cold Weather Special Operations Company, played rugby, and often rode crazy carpets down the school s ski hill.She was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship and used it to study at the University of Queensland in Australia She then returned to the United States where she worked developing a leadership challenge program for disadvantaged youth, and taught wilderness survival however, unable to shake the travel bug, she left to spend a year in South Africa Her fondest memories are of reading stories to street children at night.Western Canada called her home and she traveled across the prairies working in the oil patch and riding bucking horses, before meeting her husband and settling down They now live on a farm outside of Fort St John, B.C and have three small children, a handful of chickens, two rabbits, three dogs, a llama, and enough horses to outfit a small town.A desire to raise her children with a healthy sense of self esteem brought her back to her passion for Native issues She is eternally grateful to her Inuvialuit mother in law for sharing her residential school experiences and was thrilled when the opportunity came for her to write about them in Fatty Legs Fall 2010.For Christy, dreams do come true She is a student of natural horsemanship, is a performing cowgirl poet, and her work has appeared in Jones Ave a quarterly devoted to poetry and reviews She is currently working on several children s stories, a novel for adults, and a short story collection She has yet to dance with Gene Kelly.


    1. Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton is an adaptation of A Stranger at Home, which depicts the struggles which Olemaun faces as she attempts to rediscover her place within her Inuit community and her family after being apart from them for two years. Because I have read both books, as I review Not My Girl, I will also be comparing and contrasting the two versions.I’ll start with what I liked about Not My Girl. It contains a couple of particularly touching subplots. Th [...]

    2. Text Connection:Text to World:There is one particularly haunting moment in the book where Olemaun has helped to prepare dinner and is eating it with her family, in their traditional style. She is momentarily ashamed of using her hands and wonders what the nuns would think of her. Instead of dwelling on that, she focuses instead on her pride in helping prepare the food and her enjoyment of the dish. This sense of wanting to be part of your family while at the same time worrying about the social i [...]

    3. Extremely vivid and relatable picture of the kind of damage residential schools inflicted upon indigenous children and families, beautiful artwork and a joyful ending.

    4. As a direct sequel of When I Was Eight, and an adaptation of A Stranger at Home, Not My Girl makes for a touching account of the times after Olemaun (Margaret) Pokiak returns home from the residential school.Olemaun's story is touching and enlightening. This picture book adaptation, along with When I Was Eight, make a terrible time in history accessible for younger children. With kind but honest writing and beautiful illustrations, the book brings Olemaun's story to life. Whether you are reading [...]

    5. Jordan-Fenton, C & Pokiak-Fenton, M. (2014), Not My Girl. Toronto: AnnickReflection: Text to SelfI can relate to this book on more than one level. First, it reminds me of the text and articles I studied when I took American Indian Education as an undergraduate. Dr. Smith was himself a Lakota so I felt a kinship with him because I am a member of the Western Band of the Cherokee Nation. We explored the detrimental effect that taking children away from their families had on Native American cult [...]

    6. Elegant, Restrained, and Deeply and Strongly FeltBy 1884 it was compulsory for the First Nations children of Canada to attend either a day or residential school. The "Indian residential schools" were mostly active from 1876 through the middle of the 1900's, and "educated" over 150,000 children. Always controversial, the modern consensus is that the schools, on balance, did great harm - stripping the children of family and cultural connections and estranging them from their native languages in th [...]

    7. Ten year old Margaret is on a boat eagerly coming home to reunite with her family. She has been away for a long, lonely two years in an outsider school and she can't wait to see her family and friends again in her native village of Aklavik. On her arrival she jumps off the boat and meets a mother who is standing as still as a statue. Margaret's heart nearly stops when she hears her mother say?"That's not my girl." You see Margaret's hair has been shorn, and she is very thin and emaciated looking [...]

    8. Title: Not my girl (sequel to When I Was Eight)Primary1. Reflection: Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World connection with the book. Text to World connection: Olemaun was sent to “outsider’s school” when she was eight. Now, she is returning home at the age of ten after having her Inuit identity stripped from her. This reminds me of how orphaned children might feel when they are sent to live in an orphanage or even adopted into a new culture and the identity confusion that they must fee [...]

    9. Digital ARC provided by Netgalley.Told with understanding and tenderness, this story reveals just how difficult it can be to come home to a place that has not changed while one has. Margaret, known in Inuit as Olemaun, was just eight when she left her village to go to an outsiders’ school. When she returned two years later, she found that she no longer fit in; she did not carry the scent of her family, she had forgotten the language and she no longer liked her favorite foods. In the first hear [...]

    10. Continue the story of When I Was Eight with this second picture book by the authors. The picture book versions follow two highly acclaimed novels for elementary-aged children that tell the same story at a different level. In this book, Margaret returns home to her native family from the outsiders’ school. Her hair has been cut short, she has trouble speaking the language of her people, and her skills are more suited to school than life in the Arctic. When her mother sees her for the first time [...]

    11. The true story of an Inuit child trying to re-assimilate into her culture and family after spending several years in a residential school. Olemaun struggles to redevelop the skills needed to live with her family and survive in her Northern community. She suffers rejection as she has forgotten her language and culture. Although an important story to be told, this book has perhaps missed the mark in its telling. Rather choppy and awkward, a story that should have been deeply moving simply wasn’t [...]

    12. As usual I received this book free for the purposes of review. Also as usual I give my candid thoughts below.The story, as you can tell from the description, is that of a young Inuit girl who returns home from what is essentially boarding school only to be rejected by her friends and family because she is now an outsider.To the positive side, the story is a pretty moving and complex one. It raises some serious and deeply difficult questions about what it means to belong to a group and the divide [...]

    13. 1. Categories/Genres: Picture book/Memoir (TumbleBooks)2. Copyright date: 20143. Estimate of age level of interest: grades 2-54. Estimate of reading level: 4.05. Brief description: Olemaun, also known as Margaret, returns to her Inuit community after two years away at an outsider school; she is seen as an outsider. She must relearn her customs, like how to eat her previously favorite foods.6. Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book. [...]

    14. Gorgeous illustrations accompany a sad but ultimately hopeful story about returning home from an Indian boarding school. Olemaun, called Margaret at school, has learned to speak English and French and to say Christian prayers, but the price has been everything she knew of home. She struggles with her native language, she's hopeless with nets and fish-catching, and her favourite foods now taste strange and unappealing to her. Even her father's sled dogs don't recognize her scent. Slowly, though, [...]

    15. When ten-year-old Margaret returns to her arctic home after studying for two years in an outsiders' school, more than her name has changed. In fact, her mother barely recognizes the child she once called Olemaun. As she struggles with the transition back to the world from which she came, Margaret finds that even her father's sled dogs don't recognize her, and the foods she once loved to eat are unpalatable. Over time, she begins to relearn the ways of her people and figures out her place. With a [...]

    16. Not My Girl is a thought provoking and heart warming story of a young girl returning home to her Inuit family after spending two years at an outsider's school. At first, her mother doesn't recognize her and refuses to believe that this girl with perfect table manners is her daughter. Olemaun slowly learns the ways of her people again, but it's hard. She must relearn her native language and the basic skills they use to survive.The story is a beautiful one. It reminds us of the importance of famil [...]

    17. Olemaun returns home after going to the outsiders' school. Her parents do not recognize her nor do her father's dogs. She has been away from home for two years. She no longer knows or understands her parents language. The food is not anything she can eat. Her best friend is not permitted to play with her anymore. This is a story that tells how Olemaun re-enters her family world ever so slowly. This is a compelling and inspiring story. The paintings add to the story. Disclaimer: I received a digi [...]

    18. It's heartbreaking to comprehend the hurts rendered during the era of compulsory education for First Nations children of Canada, in which about 150,000 children were sent away to be assimilated into the dominant culture. This book does an amazing job of presenting the truths for children.

    19. It is a gift to receive a story. It is a blessing when it moves you.Any person who has been away from home and returned feels a bit like an outsider. I remember coming home from college or a summer that required me to work away from home. I lost my native language fluency and the way of home did not come nearly as naturally. I, too, felt like a stranger and wondered if my grandmother felt it odd to have me back.We're so lucky that Margaret has bravely captured her story for us. The illustration [...]

    20. A lovely sequel to When I Was Eight. It's heartbreaking to read, but gives a much fuller picture of Olemaun (i.e. Margaret Pokiak-Fenton) after she goes to the missionary school and is taught the western ways in place of her own culture. It's another horrible chapter in North American history, but also very important for young children to read. (Note: it takes place in Canada)I think the pair of books would be a great jumping-off point for teachers to explore more about the First Nations/Native [...]

    21. Not My Girl is technically a sequel to When I Was Eight, but it's not necessary to first read When I Was Eight; this one stands on its own quite well.I have to admit the story brought tears to my eyes. Poor Margaret returns home after 2 years of school to be called "not my girl!" by her momma and snarled at by her family's dogs. What a disappointing return home! I cheered for Margaret as she re-integrated with her family and once again adapted to their lifestyle and food.The illustrations are go [...]

    22. An Inuit girl returns from boarding school after two years only to feel rejected by her own people. Olemaun has become Margaret in the place where she learned perfect table manners, how to read and write in English, but where she lost her taste for whale blubber, and the ways of her family. After a tough re-entry, Olemaun proves her ability with the sled dogs and grows back into her place in her family and community. I was touched by this story. There were many tears, and poetic language. For 1s [...]

    23. Age: 2nd-5th gradeCulture: Inuvialuit (Banks Island, Canada)Based off of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton's own experiences (and a sequel to When I Was Eight), we are brought into the tough reintroduction of a Native American child back into her home life after 2 years at a missionary school. Mature themes such as family rejection and cultural differences make this book most suitable for an older audience. The text flows well making this great for a read-aloud introduction to a section on Native Americans [...]

    24. I really liked this story of a young Inuit girl who returns home after 2 years at an "outsider school" to find she has forgotten how to be Inuit - she's even forgotten the language! The dogs snap and snarl at her, her only friend snubs her, and her own mother does not recognize her and says "Not my girl!" Slowly she re-learns what she needs to know and feels more like part of her Inuit family again. The only thing I would have changed is I wished to know if she goes off again and forgets everyth [...]

    25. Thanks to Annick Press for providing a copy to me on Netgalley. This is a lovely book, although that it needs to exist is sad (because it would be a much nicer thing if the Residential Schools had not existed). It does have a happy ending, but I'm guessing it's happy mainly because we don't go on to the next year of school, given the context. It's an important book because we don't have enough books for younger readers about the Residential Schools, and there is a need and a demand for them.

    26. I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.This is a very touching story about acceptance and fitting in. The illustrations are beautiful.However, I feel the story is a little too deep for most children. Not the concept necessarily, but the concept pared with the words used. I used to teach 5th grade and we always did a unit on the Iditarod. This would be a good story to pull into our unit because it would help them understand the culture better.

    27. A moving story told from an (unfortunately) uncommon perspective--that of an Inuit girl returning home after going away to "outsiders school." The warm colors and sweetly rounded curves of the illustrations, while lovely, seem a little young compared to the emotional and textual complexity of the story. I'd recommend this one for early elementary school through middle grade readers.

    28. Great art! Nice story! Inuit girl returns home from Christian boarding school and struggles to reintegrate into her family and community. But the whole thing of rediscovering all the beautiful stuff in her community and life, things she knew once and has to sort of relearn, is really refreshing and a good way for the reader to be introduced into the culture. Lovely. Annick Press is so neat.

    29. Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard – The premise is so touching… a little girl returned from some unnamed boarding school after two year to her home in the Arctic and her mother immediately said, “Not My Girl”. What a painful way to come home. Her father helped her discover what makes her special in the community.

    30. This book is so interesting and children will have many questions about the "outsiders" school and why Olemaun was sent away to school and where Aklavik is. It would be nice to have some information at the end explaining the culture, some of the vocabulary, and how much of the story is biographical.

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