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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Ou est ma fille?

by (author) Margaret Pokiak-Fenton & Christy Jordan-Fenton

illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2022
Native Canadian, Emotions & Feelings, General
Recommended Age
6 to 9
Recommended Grade
1 to 4
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2022
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Apres deux annees passees a l’ecole loin de chez elle, Margaret est excitee a l’idee de rentrer a la maison, dans l’Arctique, et de retrouver sa famille. Mais la reaction de sa mere n’est pas celle qu’elle esperait. Margaret a change. Elle a oublie comment chasser et pecher, et elle a meme oublie sa langue maternelle. La petite fille retrouvera-t-elle sa place au sein de sa famille?

Cette suite emouvante et recompensee de Quand j’avais huit ans est l’histoire vraie de Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. Agrementee d’illustrations evocatrices, cette histoire poignante touchera les lecteurs de tous les ages.


When Margaret returns to her Arctic home from the outsiders' school, she can barely contain her excitement. But her mother's reaction is not what she expects. Margaret's years at school have changed her: she's forgotten how to hunt and fish, and even how to speak her family's language. Will the young girl find her place again?

This touching sequel to Quand j'avais huit ans is the award-winning memoir of author Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. Complemented by evocative illustrations, this poignant story will move readers of all ages.

Original title: Not My Girl

About the authors

MARGARET POKIAK-FENTON a passé son enfance sur l’Île Banks dans l’océan Arctique. Elle a écrit Étrangère chez moi, Les bas du pensionnat et Quand j’avais huit ans. Margaret est décédée en 2021.


MARGARET POKIAK-FENTON was an author, Inuvialiut knowledge keeper, and residential school survivor. Along with her daughter-in-law, she wrote Étrangère chez moi, Les bas du pensionnat, and Quand j'avais huit ans. The books have garnered more than twenty awards and distinctions, including being placed on the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens list.

Margaret Pokiak-Fenton's profile page


Christy Jordan-Fenton vit à Fort St. John, en Colombie-Britannique, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton est sa belle-mère.


Christy Jordan-Fenton
has been an infantry soldier, a pipeline laborer, a survival instructor,
and a bare back bronco rider. Christy has also worked with street children.
She was born just outside Rimbey, Alberta, and has lived in Australia,
South Africa, and the United States. She now lives near Fort St. John,
British Columbia. Christy works with her mother in law, Margaret
Pokiak-Fenton, to write stories.


Christy Jordan-Fenton's profile page


GABRIELLE GRIMARD a illustré plus de 30 albums, dontLes mots volés, Quand j’avais huit ans, Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines, Aujourd'hui peut-être... et les livres de la série Petit Gnouf. Elle est aussi l'auteure-illustratrice de l'album Lila et la corneille. Gabrielle habite aux environs de Montréal.


From the time she was little GABRIELLE GRIMARD loved art, dismaying her elementary school teachers by constantly drawing in class. Later Gabrielle studied art in high school and university. After her son was born, she began illustrating children’s books and has now created more than 25, including When I Was Eight (Quand j'avais huit ans), Stolen Words (Les mots volés) and Not My Girl (Où est ma fille?). Lila and the Crow (Lila et la corneille) is the first book she both wrote and illustrated. She uses watercolours, gouache and oil to create images of amazing warmth and depth. Gabrielle lives near Montreal, QC. Visit her at

Gabrielle Grimard's profile page


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Editorial Reviews

« Une histoire difficile et emouvante... pertinente et interessante pour les jeunes lecteurs. » ~ CM Reviews


“A difficult and emotional story... that is relatable and engaging for young readers.” ~ CM Reviews

“A deeply felt exploration of identity and cultural crisis rendered as a deep, satisfying sigh appropriate for sharing aloud.” ~ The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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