The Haunted Igloo

The Haunted Igloo

by Bonnie Turner
     
 

For someone afraid of the dark, living in the Arctic is a severe test of courage. Ten-year-old Jean-Paul struggles to hide his fear and adjust to life in the NWT, where he is taunted by a group of Inuit boys because of his lameness caused by a birth defect. Forced imprisonment in a "haunted" igloo proves to be one of the most severe challenges to face Jean-Paul in the… See more details below

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For someone afraid of the dark, living in the Arctic is a severe test of courage. Ten-year-old Jean-Paul struggles to hide his fear and adjust to life in the NWT, where he is taunted by a group of Inuit boys because of his lameness caused by a birth defect. Forced imprisonment in a "haunted" igloo proves to be one of the most severe challenges to face Jean-Paul in the harsh Arctic environment.

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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
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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000906798
Publisher:
Bonnie Turner
Publication date:
04/11/2010
Series:
North Wind Tales: Arctic Trilogy
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
0 MB

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