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Children's LiteratureFour tales of the never ending struggle for survival in the harsh Canadian Arctic will give readers an appreciation for the life and culture of the native peoples who call this icy land home. In Tiktaliktak, a young hunter is trapped on a drifting ice floe and carried far away from his family; can he survive alone on the barren island he finally reaches and ultimately make his way home? In The White Archer, Kanguq has one overwhelming purpose—to become a great archer and take revenge on the First Nation warriors who killed his family and kidnapped his sister. A young boy takes his grandfather on a long and extraordinarily difficult journey in the story of Akavak; can they reach the brother that the grandfather longs to see before his death? And in Wolf Run, Panniq fights off starvation and despair in his desperate search to find food to save his family. These previously published stories of courage and survival are appropriate for readers of all ages. The book's introduction includes a brief biography of the author who lived for many years with the Inuit. 2006, Harcourt, and Ages 10 up.
—Anita Barnes Lowen