Maroo of the Winter Caves: 20th Anniversary Edition

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This enduring survival story set at the end of the last Ice Age is now celebrating its 20th year in print. When Maroo and her family become trapped on the Great Plain in blizzard conditions and with little food, they have only one chance of survival: for Maroo and her younger brother, Otak, to reach the winter camp and get help. The fastest trail to the camp is over the White Mountain, where there are treacherous glaciers, steep climbs, and mountain spirits. With the rest of their family depending on them, Maroo ...

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Overview

This enduring survival story set at the end of the last Ice Age is now celebrating its 20th year in print. When Maroo and her family become trapped on the Great Plain in blizzard conditions and with little food, they have only one chance of survival: for Maroo and her younger brother, Otak, to reach the winter camp and get help. The fastest trail to the camp is over the White Mountain, where there are treacherous glaciers, steep climbs, and mountain spirits. With the rest of their family depending on them, Maroo and Otak set out alone. But when Otak goes missing, Maroo is forced to make the most difficult of all decisions: to stay and search for her brother or to continue on to the camp in order to save the rest of her family. This modern classic offers readers a gripping tale of survival as well as a vivid portrait of prehistoric people. The 20th Anniversary edition has a striking new cover and a new Author’s Note.

Maroo, a girl of the late Ice Age, must take charge after her father is killed, and lead her little brother, mother, and aged grandmother to the safety of the winter camp before the first blizzards strike.

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On the twentieth anniversary of its publication, the story of Maroo and her family's survival during the end of the Ice Age is as compelling and universally appealing as ever. Maroo and her family make their way to the sea for the summer. Along the way they pick up Rivo, an injured wild dog that they tame. Summer by the sea is wonderful. But by waiting for the birth of Maroo's baby sister, they delay too long before leaving for the winter caves. Then, disaster strikes on their return journey. Maroo's father is killed and her uncle is seriously injured in a hunt. Shortage of food and the onset of winter threaten the survival of the remaining family, so Maroo and her brother must set out alone to get help. Maroo's courage and love for her family enable her to cross the Pass of the Sprits, frighten the lion with fire and even head on without her brother after he disappears in the snow. She manages to get help just in time and her brother makes it home with the help of Rivo, the dog. Despite the old-fashioned "narrator" style of writing, the struggle that Maroo's family faces is a true classic. 2004 (orig. 1984), Clarion Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Moira Rose Donohue
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618434084
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/24/2004
  • Edition description: 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 5 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Turnbull has written nearly 30 books for children. She lives in Shropshire, England, with her husband.

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Table of Contents

Preface v
Author's Note vii
1 The Thaw 1
2 The Spring Killing 8
3 On the Great Plain 14
4 Wild Dog 20
5 A New Friend 28
6 The Sea 35
7 The Ibex Hunt 44
8 The Silent Drum 57
9 No Smoke 68
10 Old Mother's Decision 80
11 The White Mountain 89
12 The Glacier 99
13 Blizzard 105
14 Across the Pass 112
15 The Mountain Spirit 121
16 At the Crossing Place 132
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