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.