Thursday, April 21, 2011

Awards and reviews for Fatty Legs: A True Story

Fatty Legs has been on a remarkable run this past year. The book has been honored with many awards and stellar reviews.

  • Ten Best Children’s Books of 2010, The Globe and Mail
  • 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List
  • 2011 PubWest Book Design Awards, Bronze
  • Book of the Year Award finalist, ForeWord Reviews
  • Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize finalist
  • Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award nomination
  • Hackmatack Award nomination
  • Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award nomination
  • Cybils, Blogger Literary Award nomination


“A moving and believable account.”
—Kirkus Reviews,*starred review, 11/10

“An excellent addition to any biography collection, the book is fascinating and unique, and yet universal in its message.”
—School Library Journal, 12/10

“… presents a unique and enlightening glimpse into the residential school experience and, most importantly, one little girl’s triumph over her oppressors.”
—Quill & Quire, 11/10

“Margaret’s character is engaging—her persistence, her strength, and her curiosity touch the reader.”
—CM Magazine, 11/10

“This book is definitely worth having in a public library.”
—, 13/1010

“The way Olemaun chooses to deal with her humiliation and face her tormentor is inspiring to anyone who has ever felt different.”
—, 11/18/10

“I highly recommend this book for the discussion it would stir with students … Makes the harrowing residential school stories accessible to youth.”
—Resource Links, 12/10

“This book makes the harrowing residential school stories accessible to youth.”
—, 02/11

“A perfect companion to the study of First Nations issues, this story helps readers empathize with a real person whose determination never waivers in the face of adversity.”
—, 03/11

”… will surely gain more and more attention as devoted readers share the gold it holds.”
—, 03/15/11 

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