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VOYAMinik is one of six Eskimos coaxed from their primitive homes by explorer Robert Peary in 1897. Qisuk ("Smiler") is Minik's father who sees the trip to America as an opportunity until they reach their final destination-as part of a living exhibit inside New York's American Museum of Natural History. In slightly more than ninety days' time, four of the six Eskimos, including Smiler, are dead-unable to fight against exposure to American diseases. One returns to Greenland, leaving Minik to survive alone in this completely foreign land. Minik does not speak English, does not understand American ways, has never seen a city, has never used a fork, and has never seen his own reflection in a mirror. Poor Minik is deceived and neglected but is eventually cared for by an adoptive family. Throughout his life, however, he seems to lose, one by one, every person he holds dear. Based on Minik's actual experiences, this wonderful historical fiction adventure tale follows this Eskimo from his departure with Peary through his amazing and bizarre young life to his ultimate return home. Students will be riveted by this story and shocked at the treatment that Minik and his compatriots received. The flashback-flash-forward format might confuse some, but this compelling story will keep readers interested until the last page. It is a recommended purchase for both school and public libraries, especially for those collections in which the nonfiction Give Me My Father's Body: The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo by Ken Harper (Archway/Pocket, 2001) circulates well. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; JuniorHigh, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Scholastic, 147p., Ages 11 to 15.