When I Was Eight: A True Story

Book, 2013, 30 pp
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Olemaun is eight, and even if it means leaving her Arctic home, she is determined to go to the faraway school where she will learn how to read.

The nuns at school do everything to rob her of her dignity: they change her name to Margaret, cut off her long braids, and force her to do menial chores. But the feisty young girl is more determined than ever to learn to read.

Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fento, When I Was Eight makes her best-selling memoir Fatty Legs accessible to young children. Now they, too, can meet this remarkable girl who reminds us all about the power of books.

Also see the sequel, Not My Girl, available separately for loan.

ExpressionIllustrated/Picture Book
TopicResidential Schools
PublisherAnnick Press

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