A Stranger At Home: A True Story

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 f 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.
A Stranger At Home A True Story 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 year old Margaret Pokiak can h

  • Title: A Stranger At Home: A True Story
  • Author: Christy Jordan-Fenton Margaret Pokiak-Fenton Liz Amini-Holmes
  • ISBN: 9781554513628
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. A Stranger at Home is the third true story by Christy Jordan-Fenton about the impact which residential schools had on her mother-in-law Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. It’s also my favorite thus far in the series. A Stranger at Home poignantly portrays the struggles which Olemaun faces as she attempts to rediscover her place within her Inuit community and even within her family, both of which Olemaun has been apart from for two years.Although Olemaun had been desperate to return home, she now finds he [...]

    2. After returning from two years at a residential school, Margaret now faces the challenge of no longer fitting in within her community. A moving true story about how the school changed her and her struggle to be accepted again.

    3. A Stranger at Home is the sequel to Fatty Legs. In Fatty Legs, we hear about Olemaun (Margaret) Pokiak who attends a residential school, and her experiences while she was there. In A Stranger at Home, Olemaun tells us of her time following the residential school.I've never actually read a book specifically dealing with the traumatic aftermath of the Indian Residential School system, and this was honestly eye-opening for me. It is one thing to read that the aftermath brought further trauma, but i [...]

    4. Artwork by Liz Amini-HolmesPublished by Annick PressThis book is the life of author, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, the sequel to "Fatty Legs" by the same authors. It is also the life of Canada's shame, the story of how the government took the children away from all aboriginal nations and sent them to Catholic residential schools. "A Stranger at Home" tells the true story of Margaret's return to her parents in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories and how she was snubbed by family, friends, and townspeopl [...]

    5. Story Description: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 [...]

    6. This book is in a recommended reading list for Aboriginal Resources for young people. I decided that I would read all the books in the list -- for my own interest and simply to take a look at the reading information available to young readers."A Stranger at Home" is a sequel to "Fatty Legs" and answers some of the questions I had regarding Margaret's return to her family in the high Arctic after two years at the Catholic, Residential School in Aklavik. Named Olemaun Pokiak for the first eight ye [...]

    7. After reading Fatty Legs, I was really looking forward to this story and I'm so glad I read it was so touching. A moving story about love, learning who we really are and honoring ourselves and our culture. I LOVED this book and would strongly recommend it, but read Fatty Legs First!

    8. The sequel to the book "Fatty Legs" was as good as the first! I am so full of joy finding out that Margaret reunited with her family and learned to be an Inuvialuit once again

    9. The true story of Olemaun, an Inuit child who, struggles to once more become part of her family and culture, upon her return from a residential school. The heart breaking way Olemaun no longer belongs, unable to communicate effectively with her family or participate in her culture is well presented, making Olemaun seem very alone. Slowly she regains the skills she needs for survival and happiness in her community. This is not a happy story, yet it is one filled with hope. Olemaun is a resilien [...]

    10. In the sequel to “Fatty legs”, Margaret continues her story after two terrible years at the Catholic boarding school when she is finally able to go home to her family. Because she wasn’t allowed to speak anything other than English at school she actually forgot how to speak to her family. Only her father knows English and she works very hard to get herself back. She finds that she is not the same Olemaun as she was when she left home – even her mother doesn’t recognize her with her sho [...]

    11. I know this is a story that needs to be told: the effect of taking Indigenous children away from their parents to educate them during colonisation, but this telling is quite bitter. No doubt some of the situations faced were bitter, but here the bitterness is turned towards making all of the nuns and brothers who undertook this education quite evil: ruthless with punishment, cruel and lacking affection, and down-right scary with their shaved heads underneath their habits. Their faith seems to ha [...]

    12. A continuation of the story of Olemaun from Fatty Legs; A young girl sent to a residential school. A Stranger at Home is about Olemaun's return home after a two year absence. She is treated as an outsider instead of welcomed.I liked how a lot of vocabulary and information about her native way of life was introduced throughout the book. My class enjoyed this book and had a deeper understanding of the impact that residential schools had on children at that time. The information at the end which ex [...]

    13. The main character went to a residential school after that she went home then she is a stranger to her family and people.She slowly goes back to her traditional life style like dogsledding hunting with her father eating traditional foods. The people from the school come back to bring students back to residential school including the main character. Her family was sad and crying when she had to return back to residential school, Her younger siblings went with her to residential schoolS i think ot [...]

    14. I'm an Iñupiaq living in Barrow, Alaska and am a senior in high school. I enjoyed this book. I had a few connections with this book. One of my connections is that I went to boarding school as well. When missionaries came to pick children up for school, they were gone for years at a time and they lost their language because they were not allowed to speak it when they were at boarding school. I know Elders in my community that went to Sitka and Wrangell for their schooling and lost some of their [...]

    15. 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 ch [...]

    16. A Stranger at Home is based on the life of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and written from the perspective of her 10-year old self. It is about her experience of returning home two years after being away at a residential school.Margaret returns to her home in northern Canada a changed girl and faces the challenge of finding her true place in the world. The book is beautifully illustrated with vibrant paintings which portray the emotional and physical landscapes of the story’s characters and northern s [...]

    17. Similar to Fatty Legs, this book includes photos and illustrations and seems more like a children's book (I would suggest about grade 6). It could definitely be used in the school curriculum to teach about Canadian history, the residential school system, and the emotional damage from being separated from family for long periods of time and then trying to re-assimilate into family and community with a different language and different beliefs. This true story portrays the strength of character nee [...]

    18. Sequel to “Fatty Legs”. This memoir continues the story of Olemaun, aka Margaret, an Alaskan Inuit girl who was sent away from her family to boarding school. Now she is rejoining her family but is having a difficult time readjusting; she has lost her taste for once familiar foods and has lost much of her native tongue after being forced to speak English only at school. Interspersed with colorful illustrations plus actual family photographs at the end of the book, this is a candid look at wha [...]

    19. This book was ok. What I liked about it was she went hunting with her dad and she likes her dog.-A stranger at home is about a young inuit girl, who went to residential school, then came back home. She's not use to her culture stuff like gating traditional food and only likes food bought from the store. Her and her dad go to hudson's bay store and see a stranger carrying furs. she was crying then her dad picked her up holding her. She had speak to her best friend. her dad told her a story about [...]

    20. This is a powerful book about the immediate impact of residential schooling. Upon returning home, Olemaun feels like a stranger and is treated like an outsider. It was difficult for me to read about her struggles and difficulties with daily life. I think this is a must read for anyone who works with Native children, especially those in the arctic. Many teachers would benefit from reading this and gaining a stronger understanding of the dark history of “education” in Native communities.

    21. This is a follow up to Fatty Legs and just as good. Margaret comes home from the outsider school and is somewhat shunned by her neighbors. She no longer speaks the Inuit language. She can't swallow the food she used to love and the outsider shoes feel better on her feet than her old boots. This is a wonderful companion to Fatty Legs. Both books would make a great read for ELL students.

    22. A great, age-appropriate story about trying to reclaim one's identity after facing abuse at residential schools. A great text to add to a collection of residential school resources. Some chapters were better written than others - the second half of the book, for instance, read in a less formulaic way than the first.

    23. One do the few sequel books that is as good as the first. A must read for anyone who wants to teach youngsters that there is more than one point of view for any historical event - in this case, the attempt of the government to de - Indianize North America's indigenous people.Could be used with "My Name is Not Easy"

    24. Even better than Fatty Legs, the prequel to this moving story, because of the sense of disconnection that Olemaun aka Margaret feels from her family and her community as a result of her residential schooling in Canada's far north and Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton get that sense of numbing isolation just right - a brilliant book

    25. I think that this was a good book but it just wasn't my style. I feel like if someone enjoyed Fatty Legs then they would enjoy this too. I wasn't a big fan of Fatty Legs and that might of had some impact with why I don't like this book.

    26. great book with a different perspective of what a girl faced at home after being in residential school for two years. short and easy read as it's for middle school age.

    27. A good sequeal to the first book Fatty Legs. Interesting perspective about the Inuit and residential schools written at a junior level.

    28. I am an Inupiaq high school student from Barrow, Alaska. I read this book because when I read the first book "Fatty Legs." It interested me to keep on reading to find out what it was like for Olemaun when she went back home to her family. I liked this book because it told a story about a young girl that is brave enough to go to the outsiders school and experience what it was like to go and learn new things. But, when she went to the outsider school which was in Aklavik, Canada she realized she d [...]

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