I Am Not a Number

Title

I Am Not a Number

Illustrator

Gillian Newland

Publisher

Second Story Press

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9781927583944

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

A picture book based on a true story about a young First Nations girl who was sent to a residential school. 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 to force her to do otherwise. Based on the life of Jenny Kay Dupuis.

Grade Level

K-3; 3-5

Lexile Measure

640L

Diversity Topics

Racial Diversity; Race discrimination; racism; prejudice

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

Native American (Ojibway)

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, 2018, Winner, English Non Fiction
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2017, Finalist
Red Cedar Book Awards, 2018, Winner, Informational
Diamond Willow Award, 2017, Winner

Keywords

Nipissing First Nation; boarding schools; nuns; reservations; assimilation; Canada; number assignment; punishment

Diversity Impact

direct

I Am Not a Number

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