The Haunted Igloo

The Haunted Igloo

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by Bonnie Turner
     
 

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For someone afraid of the dark, living in the Arctic is a severe test of courage. There the sun doesn't shine all winter. Jean-Paul, a young Canadian boy, struggles to hide his fear and adjust to life in the Northwest Territories, where he is taunted and excluded from activities by a group of Inuit boys because of his small size and a limp caused by a birth defect.

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For someone afraid of the dark, living in the Arctic is a severe test of courage. There the sun doesn't shine all winter. Jean-Paul, a young Canadian boy, struggles to hide his fear and adjust to life in the Northwest Territories, where he is taunted and excluded from activities by a group of Inuit boys because of his small size and a limp caused by a birth defect. When Jean-Paul finally succeeds in impressing the boys with the tricks he's taught his husky, Sasha, they agree to let him join their club, the Ice Patrol. But as part of the initiation, they force him into a deserted igloo rumored to be haunted, where he must remain for two hours. The forced imprisonment, with no light and only Sasha for company, proves to be just the beginning of the most serious challenges to face Jean-Paul in the harsh Arctic environment. (Ages 8-12+)

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- Overcoming fears, in this case, the fear of the dark and of peer rejection, permeates this story about a ten-year-old French-Canadian boy who moves to the Canadian Northwest Territories. Jean-Paul must also contend with a birth defect that earns him the nickname of o kalerk (rabbit) from the local Eskimo boys. The need to be accepted by them drives the boy to endure two tests in order to join their club: he must eat a raw fish and spend two hours in a ``haunted'' igloo; this second test turns deadly when the boys seal the entrance and leave Jean-Paul and his husky pup there. Interwoven into the story is the impending birth of a new sibling into the harsh climatic conditions. The premise of an abandoned igloo being occupied by evil spirits is a plausible one, especially since the setting for the story is the 1930s, the pre-TV and snow-machine era in the Arctic. Especially convincing is the anger Jean-Paul feels after recovering from his chilling ordeal, although his chief tormentor's change from hostile accuser to loyal friend seems a bit contrived. The character development of a handicapped child is reminiscent of Jean Little's characterizations in Mine For Keeps (Little, 1988). The intrigue of the bleak Arctic plus the icy adventure will provide warm winter fare for young readers. --Mollie Bynum, Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
Molly Bynum
Overcoming fears, in this case, the fear of the dark and of peer rejection, permeates this story about a ten-year-old French-Canadian boy in the Canadian Northwest Territories. Interwoven into the story is the impending birth of a new sibling into the harsh climatic conditions. The intrigue of the bleak Arctic plus the icy adventure will provide warm winter fare for young readers.
Kay Weisman
Fans of Gary Paulsen's Woodsong will enjoy Turner's fictional portrayal of the challenges of the harsh region...Jean-Paul's successful rites of passage may strike a response in readers who enjoyed Gardiner's Stone Fox.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781105367540
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
02/21/2014
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Several years ago, while living in Michigan, Bonnie Turner and her family adopted a husky named Sasha, the same name as Jean-Paul's dog in the story. For Bonnie Turner, that exciting event led to a lasting interest in Inuit culture and life in the Arctic, and to the writing of The Haunted Igloo.

But while Sasha may have spurred the author's interest in writing this book, she has always enjoyed writing and telling stories to children and comes from a family of artists and poets. The Haunted Igloo is her first book for children.

After the first edition of The Haunted Igloo was published, the author visited local schools with a handmade, life-size Inuit doll, lecturing students on the importance of reading and writing, and offering "polar bear hugs" along with her autograph. Her huge supply of fan mail testifies to the popularity of this heart-warming book set in the Arctic.

Bonnie Turner lives in Wisconsin.

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Haunted Igloo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this story very much and I love the cover. It's dynamite! The setting is great, and made me feel right in the middle of it. It made me wonder what living in an igloo is like and living where it's cold and dark in the daytime. I like Jean-Paul. He is smart. But I also like his mom Lise and his dad Cordell. The Eskimo Chinook is funny, and Jean-Paul's dog Sasha too. This is a real good story for kids, and even their moms and dads and teachers. Also grandmas and grandpas. But I feel sorry for Jean-Paul because he is afraid of the dark and is crippled.