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Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 44
Themes: Residential Schools, Native American, Indigenous, First Nations, Truth and Reconciliation
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 17/Sep/2019
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The dual language edition, in Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe) Nbisiing dialect and English, of the award-winning I Am Not a Number. When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the number they have assigned to her. When she goes home for summer holidays, Irene's parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But where will they hide? And what will happen when her parents disobey the law? Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis’ grandmother, I Am Not a Number is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.


Silver Birch Express Award  | 2018 | Short-listed
Diamond Willow Award Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Award | 2017 | Winner
CBC Books' Best Books of the Year  | 2016 | Commended
Red Cedar Award for Information Book BC Young Readers' Choice Award | 2018 | Winner
Information Book Award Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada | 2017 | Short-listed
Native Voices in November: A Booklist for Students, Parents & Educators November is Native American Heritage month. It's a time to share and remember the history of the Native people who were the first people of this land and continue to be an essential and indelible part of the landscape. This land we walk on is Native land. | 2020 | Long-listed
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children's Books  | 2016 | Commended
American Indians in Children's Literature Best Books of the Year  | 2016 | Commended
Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year  | 2017 | Commended
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award  | 2017 | Short-listed
Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2017  | 2017 | Commended
Ontario Library Association's Best Bets - Junior Nonfiction  | 2016 | Commended
CCBC Choices - Best Books of the Year Co-operative Children's Book Center | 2017 | Commended
Hackmatack Award Atlantic Children's Choice Award | 2018 | Winner
Rocky Mountain Book Award  | 2018 | Short-listed

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