When I Was Eight
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.