Oil exploration on the outskirts of an Inuit village, has set off a chain of events threatening the village and the life of the village's Shaman. In order to save him, Polik and Nika, his two grandchildren embark on an exciting, albeit treacherous journey that leads them into the magical, icy underground world of Santa Claus. With help from Santa, they will race against time to reverse the damage done to both worlds and find a way to save their grandfather and Christmas!?
With over 60 stunning color illustrations this is a great adventure with an important environmental message for children.
List of Awards:
2013 USA Best Book Awards: Finalist "Young Adult Fiction" category USA Best Book Awards
Gold - Winner in the "Young Adult Fiction" category of the 2014 International Book Awards. American Book Fest
2014 Forward Review Book of the Year Awards - Finalist in the Pre-Teen Fiction
2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards - Silver Medal - Pre-Teen Fiction
|Publisher:||Sir Reel Films|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Canadian born, Marc Cadieux spent 14 years in Paris working as a film director, later moving to Los Angeles to continue his writing and film career. Cadieux's unique and stylized approach to storytelling led him to work for the iconic Tom Waits on three of his world tours. As his reputation flourished, Marc extended his endeavors to include documentaries and an award-winning short film, "La Pension", which went on to be selected for the Cannes film festival. This is Marc's first novel.
French born, Herve Bastien began his career in film as a casting director and later as first assistant director for such prominent European directors as Jean-Paul Goude and Patrice Leconte. From there Herve entered the second phase of his career, for several years writing and adapting children's stories for Disky Europe. Bastien then moved into directing with his short film "Pique-Nique," which was picked up for distribution by Luc Besson's Europa Corp. Numerous commercials and institutional films followed.
Christina Zakhozhay (Illustrator)
Christina Zakhozhay is a Russian writer and illustrator. She began working on llustrations for Christmas Nevermore after Marc Cadieux discovered her incredible work on deviantart.com. Christina has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design, and is currently taking a course in Visual Effects for Film and Television at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. When she's not studying, Christina is hard at work on her own graphic novel, The Book of Contradictions, which she began at age 13.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Polik and Nika are young siblings who live in an Inuit village in the Great North with their grandfather, Ikkuma, the village Shaman. When magical stones are discovered, Ikkuma insists they must be returned to the Mother of the Sea or their village will be cursed. But when the stones are hidden instead, their grandfather becomes gravely ill. The brother and sister team up to find and return the stones in hopes of saving their grandfather and village. Polik and Nika discover the crisis has been caused by the disruption of their delicate ecosystem at the hands of an oil exploration team; they soon learn that global warming's impact has reached beyond their village. Realizing something must be done to thwart the efforts of the oil drilling company they set off on a grand adventure. While on their quest, they encounter Santa Claus, who is also suffering from the affects of global warming. Polik and Nika work together, and solicit the help of others, to preserve the earth and save Christmas for children everywhere. Authors Marc Cadieux and Herve Bastien, have artfully blended Alaskan folk stories and the legend of Santa Claus into a magical combination while adeptly addressing the subject of global warming. Page after page of beautiful illustrations, by Christina Zakhozhay, further enhance this story which is sure to become a cherished holiday treasure.
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Christmas Nevermore by Cadieux/Bastien tackles the relevant topic of global warming and environmental issues through an interesting story. The story is set in a village called Akilineq. People living in this village belong to the Inuit culture and they feel that there is going to be no Christmas as Santa and his crew are unable to manufacture toys due to environmental issues. The oil company set up there is causing damage to the environment and destroying the natural resources of the village. The brother and sister team of Polik and Nika try to bring Christmas to the village with the help of elves, reindeer, and many others. Ikkuma, their grandfather who is also the village Shaman, predicts that a curse will fall upon the village if the pieces of the mystical necklace that have been removed are not returned. Will Polik and Nika be able to find the missing pieces that will save the village from the environmental crisis? The story has many dimensions to it and the author weaves the Inuit culture and global warming issues into the plot masterfully. The story is magical with Santa and his elves, Canada, and the Inuit background. Children learn a lot of new things by reading this book and it also makes them aware of the threats faced by Mother Earth due to global warming. An educational story that weaves the Inuit culture along with global warming issues in an excellent way and makes it an interesting read.
Beautiful story merging Inuit culture, environmental issues & Christmas By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews Christmas Nevermore is a thoughtful exploration of environmental issues from an Inuit perspective and with a little bit of Christmas magic sprinkled in. The story takes place in the far North of Canada in a little village called Akilineq (fictional, I believe). The village is inhabited by the Inuit and is geographically important to a big oil company who believes the village lies atop a large oil field. The story’s main protagonists are a brother and sister team, 10-year-old Polik and 8-year-old Nika – the only villagers who are half Inuit and half white. They live with the village’s shaman, their grandfather, Ikkuma. The story begins with the children’s reflections of the changes in the North (e.g., the lack of icebergs), that are clearly due to global warming. The children soon learn that the pieces of a mystical necklace have been removed from their resting place thus breaking a longtime pact between the Inuit people and its protector, the Mother of the Sea. Wise Ikkuma foresees that a curse will fall upon the village should the pieces not be returned. Polik and Nika take it upon themselves to return the pieces of the necklace, but they fall deep into a crevice where they discover … Santa and his elves! The only thing I will say about Santa is that, in this story, he is full of surprises. Christmas is in danger of not taking place as Santa and his crew are experiencing energy problems due to environmental issues and they are unable to manufacture toys. Polik and Nika devise a plan, enlisting the help of the elves, some friendly reindeer, and their older cousins Anda and Tuar, to save Christmas. But, hot on their tail, is the oil rig manager, Jack who has little understanding and respect for the Inuit culture or its people. He will stop at nothing to get his hands on the precious stones of the necklace for himself. I loved the tension (completely age-appropriate, of course) built up in the story as the children get chased across the tundra fleeing to the nearby city of Yellowknife in the North West Territories. Environmental issues are of particular relevance to the Inuit culture as they are witnessing drastic changes and have been raising the alarm bells for decades. I thought the authors did a great job threading in facts about some of the scientific evidence of the environmental changes experienced globally. For example, one of the villagers reads aloud the following from a newspaper article: “The temperature of the earth has gone up two degrees,” Mikael read a headline from the front cover on top of the pile. He picked up the magazine and flipped through the pages. “The ice at the poles is melting faster than predicted.” Otto looked up at him from behind the page he was reading. “I guess it won’t be long before we can sail all the way to the North Pole.” What I loved the most about this book is the immersion into Inuit culture. The names of the characters are Inuit, there are sprinkles of the Inuit language in the text, beautiful descriptions of the ecology (e.g., northern lights, the tundra), and glimpses into Inuit mythology and storytelling. Recent middle grade books that are set in Northern Canada, that focus on the Inuit culture, or that feature Inuit children as main characters are somewhat lacking (although Jack London and Farley Mowat definitely come to mind), so I was so pleased to see this gap addressed with Christmas Nevermore. The illustrations are simply stunning! Gorgeous does not even begin to describe the interior depictions of the events that transpire. The true beauty of the North comes through many times over with Christina Zakhozhay absolutely beautiful pictures. It is like gazing upon a painting that stirs your soul. They are amazing and I’m thrilled to see so many illustrations in a middle grade book. My Bottom Line: Christmas Nevermore consists a unique and compelling story bringing together Inuit culture, environmental issues, and the magic of Christmas. I didn’t think it possible to merge these themes, but Cadieux and Bastien have woven a magical tale that transports the reader to the far North; making you feel as if you are sitting amongst the Inuit people being regaled by the telling of old legends and myths passed down generation to generation. I highly recommend this great adventure with an important message for children aged 8 years and older. * I was given this book free-of-charge by the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.