AVAILABLE NOW! ORDER YOUR COPY September 2016 was the release date of Jenny’s first children’s book, ‘I Am Not A Number’ about her grandmother’s experience at one of Canada’s Indian residential schools. The book is co-written with author Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland, and published by Second Story Press. (Books can be ordered from your favourite bookstore and online from Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, and Indigo).
Book Description: 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. When she goes home for summer holidays, her parents decide never to send her away again, but where will she hide and what will happen when her parents disobey the law?
BOOK RATINGS AND REVIEWS – WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT ‘I AM NOT A NUMBER’
“It’s important to teach children about true Canadian history, but it’s not easy to talk about it in a way that children will understand. I Am Not a Number is perfect to get the conversation about residential schools started with your children. It opens the door for them to ask questions about the subject and the story is relatable in a way they can follow. Recommended for 7 to 11 year olds; I will definitely be reading this story to my 10-year-old son, so we can have that conversation that I’m sure he hasn’t learned in school just yet.” – Read the full review available in the Residential School Magazine. Click here.
“Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer’s I Am Not A Number, illustrated by Gillian Newland and due out from Second Story Press …, is one of the books I will recommend to teachers and librarians. Residential and boarding school stories are hard to read, but they’re vitally important. In the back matter, Dupuis and Kacer provide historical information about the residential school system. They reference the report the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (the TRC) released in 2015, too. The work of the TRC is being shared in Canada, and books like I Am Not A Number should be taught in schools in Canada, and the U.S., too.” – Read Debbie Reese’s full review available online at the American Indians in Children’s Literature website. Click here.
“Mind-opening book. Really recommended. Plus, the illustrations are beautiful.” – Read more reviews available at Goodreads here.
NEWS AND AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
“As an educator, I feel that a children’s book title should spark a reader’s interest, invite them to make respectful predications and, at times, pull at their emotions. A book title like I Am Not a Number may be used by teachers, librarians, and families to begin important conversations with all children about voice, cultural identity, and the impacts of history.” Read Open Book Toronto’s full interview here.
“We need to seek out authentic opportunities to respectfully listen to and understand the complexities of histories (“community memories”) and how it has impacted today’s generation, so that as citizens and caring school-community leaders, we may have the opportunity to move towards action-oriented change and fulfill reconciliation in a meaningful way.” – Read the Heart of a Teacher’s full interview here