A Stranger at Home

A Stranger at Home

A True Story

Book - 2011
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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.

Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781554513628
Branch Call Number: JUV 371.829 JOR 2011
Characteristics: 124 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), map, ports. ; 24 cm


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Feb 06, 2021

Just as good as the first book. I'm always heartbroken after reading about children in residential schools. They never should have been stripped of their language and culture and their communities still feel the effects of this today. This is a great first hand account of what happened when they went home.

Aug 05, 2019

This book is an amazing sequel to "Fatty Legs". I loved the first one and this one was the cherry on top. The book teaches you history from Canada. I think everyone should learn about the mistakes we made, so it'll never happen again. Great read.

vpl_childrens Aug 04, 2016

A sequel to Fatty Legs. By the time ten-year old Margaret (Olemaun) returns to her community of Tuktoyaktuk after spending two years at residential school in Aklavik, she has forgotten her language and much of her culture. She struggles to reintegrate into her family and prove that her mother’s first reaction to her return -- “not my girl” – is wrong. The book paints a heartbreaking picture of the deep damage and division caused by residential schools.

Jul 16, 2015

it is awesome

Jun 24, 2012

Margaret is home from residential school and is finding it hard to fit in with her family. Unable to speak her own language nor eat the traditional foods her mother has made for her, Margaret realizes that she has been more changed by her experience at residential school than she realized. Can she find a way to navigate her life with her family? Especially given what is coming.

Another painful memoir from Margaret Pokiak-Fenton that continues to explore the impact of residential schools on the children who attended them, their families and their greater communities. This is a must for anyone trying to understand this issues. Teachers and librarians need to pick this up.

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Aug 05, 2019

gpb101 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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