A Stranger At Home by Christy Jordan-Fenton
A True Story

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The powerful memoir of an Inuvialuit girl searching for her true self when she returns from residential school.

Traveling to be reunited with her family in the Arctic, 10-year-old Margaret Pokiak can hardly contain her excitement. It's been two years since her parents delivered her to the school run by the dark-cloaked nuns and brothers.

Coming ashore, Margaret spots her family, but her mother barely recognizes her, screaming, "Not my girl." Margaret realizes she is now marked as an outsider.

And Margaret is an outsider: she has forgotten the language and stories of her people, and she can't even stomach the food her mother prepares.

However, Margaret gradually relearns her language and her family's way of living. Along the way, she discovers how important it is to remain true to the ways of her people -- and to herself.

Highlighted by archival photos and striking artwork, this first-person account of a young girl's struggle to find her place will inspire young readers to ask what it means to belong.

 

About Christy Jordan-Fenton

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Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton are the authors of Fatty 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.
 
Published July 14, 2011 by Annick Press. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books.

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After two years in Catholic residential school, 10-year-old Olemaun returns to Tuktoyaktuk on Canada's Arctic coast, a stranger to her friends and family, unaccustomed to the food and clothing and unable to speak or understand her native language.

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Margaret’s circumstances—literally being taken away from her home and her identity forced out of her—will engage and educate readers, and her Inuvialuit lifestyle is fascinating for those unfamiliar with the culture.

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