When I Was Eight - Ages 6+
Bestselling memoir Fatty Legs for younger readers.
Olemaun is eight and knows a lot of things. But she does not know how to read. Ignoring her father’s warnings, she travels far from her Arctic home to the outsiders’ school to learn.
The nuns at the school call her Margaret. They cut off her long hair and force her to do menial chores, but she remains undaunted. Her tenacity draws the attention of a black-cloaked nun who tries to break her spirit at every turn. But the young girl is more determined than ever to learn how to read.
Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and complemented by stunning illustrations, When I Was Eight makes the bestselling Fatty Legs accessible to younger readers. Now they, too, can meet this remarkable girl who reminds us what power we hold when we can read.
- Joint winner, TD Summer Reading Club Recommended Reads List 2017
- Joint winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2013
- Short-listed, Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize 2013
- Joint winner, Recommended Reads List, Canadian Toy Testing Council 2013
Christy Jordan-Fenton lives in Fort St. John, British Columbia. Margaret Pokiak-Fenton is her children’s grandmother. Jordan-Fenton practices traditional ceremonies with the Kainai Blackfoot.
Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton is an Inuvialuk elder and artisan who spent her early years on Banks Island in the high Arctic. She now lives in Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Gabrielle Grimard has illustrated over 30 picture books, including When I Was Eight and Not My Girl for Annick Press. She is the author and illustrator of Lila and the Crow. She lives in Quebec, Canada.