Fatty Legs

By (author) Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton
Categories: Children's Nonfiction
Publisher: Annick Press
Hardcover : 9781554512478, 112 pages, September 2010


The moving memoir of an Inuit girl who emerges from a residential school with her spirit intact. Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak has set her sights on learning to read, even though it means leaving her village in the high Arctic. Faced with unceasing pressure, her father finally agrees to let her make the five-day journey to attend school, but he warns Margaret of the terrors of residential schools. At school Margaret soon encounters the Raven, a black-cloaked nun with a hooked nose and bony fingers that resemble claws. She immediately dislikes the strong-willed young Margaret. Intending to humiliate her, the heartless Raven gives gray stockings to all the girls -- all except Margaret, who gets red ones. In an instant Margaret is the laughingstock of the entire school. In the face of such cruelty, Margaret refuses to be intimidated and bravely gets rid of the stockings. Although a sympathetic nun stands up for Margaret, in the end it is this brave young girl who gives the Raven a lesson in the power of human dignity. Complemented by archival photos from Margaret Pokiak-Fenton's collection and striking artwork from Liz Amini-Holmes, this inspiring first-person account of a plucky girl's determination to confront her tormentor will linger with young readers.


  • Joint winner, Outstanding International Books Honor List 2011
  • Winner, Nautilus Award - Silver 2011
  • Joint winner, Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable Honour Book 2011
  • Joint winner, Ten Best Children’s Books of the Year - The Globe and Mail 2010
  • Nominated, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize 2011
  • Nominated, Young Readers Choice Award - Pacific Northwest Library Association 2011
  • Winner, Book Design Awards, Bronze 2011
  • Joint winner, First Nation Communities Read 2011


“A strong, clear voice. ”—The Horn Book, 10/09/17

- The Horn Book