A successful walrus hunt means Anna and her beloved Kinauquak will soon be joined in marriage. But before they can seal their promise to one another, a tsunami wipes their village from the rugged shore ... everyone except Anna and her little sister, Iya, who are left alone to face the Alaskan wilderness.
A stranger, a Civil War veteran with golden hair and blue eyes, wanders the untamed Aleutian Islands. He offers help, but can Anna trust him or his God? And if she doesn't, how will she and Iya survive?
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This book is soooooooo great! My older sister told me I should read it because it was her favorite book! So I did and I couldn't put it down!! I can't wait to read the Sequel! it's called 'Land of the White Nights'.......
The Journey of Eleven Moons is a lovely, captivating story of love, loss, faith and courage set in the Alaskan islands in the late 1800s. Bonnie tells the story of Anna, Iya, and Erik well with an intriguing sense of place, allowing us to see life through a native Aleutian woman’s eyes and feel her fear and her need for courage to face an uncertain future. Though just 16, Anna is a strong but gentle young woman you can’t help but admire and root for. Her young sister Iya is a caring little girl you also can’t help falling in love with. When a tragic disaster wipes out Anna’s village, Anna as sole survivor must take on the role of mother to her young sister and ensure their survival. She knows only life on the island and is dependent on the sea. She can do all the things she’s skilled to do—gather food and make baskets from grass and pouches and clothing from hides. But without the men and their ability to hunt, the girls cannot survive the coming winter on their own. They need help. And yet there is no one to whom they can turn—no one except a tall, handsome stranger, and yet the girls know full well not to trust “outsiders”. Erik is quiet but strong with a kind heart. He too has suffered loss. Anna and Erik must unwillingly join forces to survive, working together as a team while facing treacherous conditions of both the land and sea, the threat of treacherous, heartless men, and the threat of becoming bound by love to someone you can’t have. Most of all, they must find the courage to surrender to a God who sees the beginning and the end when all they see is the frightening unknown. This story brought tears to my eyes as I shared in the heartaches and the hopes of all three. I would love to see this book made into a film! I enjoyed it very much. What a touching, intriguing story.
I absolutely loved this book. I actually felt as if I was living in the story whilst I was reading it. Bonnie Leon is such an amazing story teller and so very talented. In this book you will meet a 16yr old native Alaskan girl and her sister who are the sole survivors of a tsunami that destroyed her entire village. A travelling American Christian man (who's character is so loveable!) wants to help them find another village to live. The story is about them travelling through the Alaskan wilderness, experiencing new food, culture and learning about a new God. I can't say anymore without giving the story away. I also think it's worth mentioning that Bonnie Leon has really done her research in Alaskan culture at the times that the book was set in. It was lovely reading the book and learning a bit more about Alaskan Natives and how they lived. Big thumbs up on this beautiful book and story.
I read this book when it originally came out and loved it! I loved the story, the characters and the message. I just finished this revised edition released on the 20th anniversary of Bonnie Leon's first publication and loved it even more. I couldn't tell you what was revised, but the book was just better. Bonnie's verbal illustrations are breathtaking as she captures the wild Alaskan wilderness. I know because I live in the wilderness of Alaska. The characters are captivating and stole my heart. Even though I knew the outcome, I still held my breath and then shed a few tears in more than one scene. The message of God's unfailing love is clearly versed throughout the book, but in a way that is not overbearing. God's message of grace is clear and His goodness is evident even in tragedy. Well done, Bonnie Leon!