Book Review: Fatty Legs

Fatty Legs (10th anniversary edition)

Book blurb:

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.

My Review:

A true story about a young girl’s experience in a residential school

I was excited to finally read this story about a young indigenous girl’s experience at a residential school. What I really thought was cool were the pictures included with the story and the term definitions. I found them helpful and immersive. It was a remarkable tale of a young girl who survived psychological and physical abuse at the hands of the “teacher” at the school. I liked that one of the nuns was kind – it’s no wonder she reminded our protagonist of an elegant swan. One can only imagine the emotional toll an experience would have on a child who had to go through that kind of experience – and the resilience needed to keep moving forward after it happened. Fatty Legs is a must read for everyone

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Where to Buy Fatty Legs: You can purchase this story on a variety of sites. Click here to find out where.