Maroo of the Winter Caves

Maroo of the Winter Caves

by Ann Turnbull

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Maroo of the Winter Caves by Ann Turnbull

This enduring survival story set at the end of the last Ice Age has been in print for over 20 years. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618442997
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/24/2004
Edition description: 20th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 159,428
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Author's Notevii
1The Thaw1
2The Spring Killing8
3On the Great Plain14
4Wild Dog20
5A New Friend28
6The Sea35
7The Ibex Hunt44
8The Silent Drum57
9No Smoke68
10Old Mother's Decision80
11The White Mountain89
12The Glacier99
14Across the Pass112
15The Mountain Spirit121
16At the Crossing Place132

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Maroo of the Winter Caves 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Maroo of the Winter Caves is a thrilling adventure that you will love! I really enjoyed reading this book. I hope you read it to! The plot was a little confusing at times, but you will get the whole book in the end. I recomend this to you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loves this book. I liked that it had a strong girl charecter. it's a great story for people that like fun, breathtaking, real life things.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a great book for classrooms because it takes place in the late ice age and it will have you understand what happened during those times if you were learning about the early people
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maroo of the Winter Caves, by Ann Turnbull is an adventure novel about a young girl in the Ice Age who¿s family is a nomadic people. It is about their journey to the from the winter caves, and to the sea and back. Along the way they rescue a dog who¿s mother had been killed, and run into a series of obstacles such fear, hunger, and lastly the death of a beloved family member. Winter is quickly setting in when food runs scarce on their journey back, Maroo and her brother must journey through the treacherous White Mountains to the Autumn Camp to get help in order to rescue their family on the plains. This is no easy task and they encounter a series of hardships there including a glacier, a blizzard, fighting, and a mysterious mountain spirit that they encounter along the way. Will they ever make it to the Autumn Camp, and if so will they make it in time to rescue their family? Find out in Maroo of the Winter Caves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book Review Maroo of the Winter Caves is an adventure novel by Ann Turnbull. The first hundred pages or so were mediocre. The ending, however, was absolutely fantastic. The story is about a young girl named Maroo who lives somewhere in Europe during the ice age. Her mom, Tikek, has a baby while a part of the tribe is traveling during the summer. While the tribe is sitting around the fire, the men decide to go hunt ibex. Maroo¿s father is found dead and her uncle injured as a result of the hunt. Now they are trapped without any experienced hunters and winter is right around the corner. They are going to have some struggles getting back to the rest of the tribe at winter camp. The two children have to hunt and hold the family up because no one else is able. Uncle is injured, grandma is too old, Tikek just had her baby, and Nimai is only five years old. The only way to survive is for the older children to go back to winter camp by themselves. This is the only choice because food is scarce. Tikek is reluctant because she doesn¿t want to lose her children along with her husband. They face a treacherous journey because they have to pass through the White Mountains which are full of cave lions and ¿evil spirits.¿ It is dangerous but they go. Along the way Maroo falls into an ice crevasse but her brother, Otak, helps to pull her out. When Maroo uses her brother¿s spear to catch a hare for them to eat, he gets upset and abandons her while she is sleeping. She wakes up and finds that she is gone. She remembers the rest of the family and continues individually to get to the tribe. She gets back and they go and rescue the family. Tikek is sad because everyone thinks that Otak is dead. On the last page, Otak comes back and explains how he sprained his ankle and couldn¿t walk so his dog got enough food for them to survive until his ankle healed. Then he came back. The ending is just great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Maroo of the Winter Caves, by Ann Turnbull, is a great book. I would recommend it for students who are in grades 5-6. The book begins poorly. The book is an adventure novel that is set during the Ice Age. The book begins in a boring and unexciting fashion. The vocabulary used in the story is not great. The book begins with Maroo and her family of nomadic hunters. The descriptions in this part of the book are poor. Maroo and her family reach the sea, finding a dog which they name Rivo beforehand. At the sea, Maroo's mother, Tikek, gives birth to a baby boy. On their return from the sea to their winter camp, Maroo's father, Areg, is killed when he falls off a cliff hunting ibex (a type of goat). Areg's brother, Vorka, is also injured in the incident. Now, the family has no man to do the hunting only Otak (Maroo's brother), a boy, and Maroo, a teenage girl. This is when the book improves drastically. The family must beat the winter snows back to winter camp. They don't, as blizzard season begins. The family builds a snow house to survive, but food begins to run out. The leader of the family, Old Mother, decides that Maroo, Rivo and Otak must go over a dangerous mountain pass alone to get help for the family. Soon enough, they find themselves separated and in a near-death situation. Many decisions have to be made to allow them to survive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very boring book. I had to read it during the summer and it was way out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thougt it was pretty good sad and kind of funny
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is o.k. but I really did not like it because the book is only about the ice age and it doesnot really have much aventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought the book repeted bad things over and over again.I dont think that it was a happy story problem after problem its about a young girl and her family from the ice age her father dies and her brother and her have to find their way to save the family its not really good:(
Guest More than 1 year ago
this story is the worst. it is about a stupid kids and they have to save their own family. boo hoo. i had to read this book becasue i had to, for school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was slow, nothing really happened. It is about an Indian Tribe that seperates, into diffrent groups, and traveled to different places, and then meet back up again. There is some action, death, but not much. I would not tell any one to read this book. The only reason why I finished it, was because I had to, for school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great and touching story. It is good for students that are learning about the Ice Age, and about Cro Magnons. I have rated it five stars, because it was fun to read and deserves my best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat great. I suggest that you buy this book. I hope that i can get it too. It has alot and again alot of detail. So if you like detail then you should definitally get this book. I am doing a report on this book in my englih class and I wrote a letter to the author on my report and congragulated her on her work. This is a fantastic book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is a marvolise master piece, that i have read in my english class.I seriously recamend this book to anyone who likes to know about the past. this book has sooooooooooooooo much detail which is good.This book also gives alot of detail on what happend during the time of the Ice Age. This book is during the time of the Ice Age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book in my English class. This book is great. It is good for people that love alot of details and also love to imagine things as if they where there. This book is a great view of the Ice Age. I have really enjoyed this book and suggest that you read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an extrodinay fictional story. Maroo,a young kid living in the woods with only her family, some villagers, and her pet. What makes this book even more interesting is, the discribtion in which the author described. Things like the spring time, bloosoms, the wolfd, and the food they eat. The jorney of trying to get to on the orther side of a mountain will riase you off of your seat and into the book. At one point in this fasinating book, you will sometimes feel exactly what the characters are feeling and hear what they hear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Love it!!!!!!!!! This Book Rules!!!!!!!!