Huuq is a young Inuit boy who has never fit in to camp life. One day, fleeing yet another attack from the camp bullies, Huuq finds himself alone and far away from camp, with only his dog Qipik as company. On a lonesome hill, they find an egg. But this is no ordinary bird's egg. It's big. And almost looks like a stone. When Huuq breaks this mysterious egg, it unleashes a series of events that turn Huuq himself into a monstrous half-human creature. As Huuq tries to figure out why he has been turned into a monster, what the egg and its contents mean, and how he can return to his natural self, he is thrust into a world of fearsome creatures, mystical powers, and an evil the likes of which Huuq has never encountered.
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Born in an Arctic wilderness camp and of Inuit ancestry, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley is a scholar specializing in world religions and cultures. Her numerous articles and books concerning Inuit magic and lore have earned her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Of Scottish-Mohawk ancestry, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley is a folklorist and fantasist, specializing in mythology, magic, and Inuit lore. He has won an award for writing short science fiction ('Green Angel'), but his focus is on fiction and non-fiction for a young audience.
Toma Feizo Gas has spent ten years working in entertainment arts, with experience in production art, creative direction, concept design, and illustration.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a very well written and extremely enthralling book from beginning to end. It would make a wonderful movie that I am sure would draw a large appreciative audience. "Why the Monster" is a full of imagination and magic. It is a story of an Inuit boy, an Inhabitant, named Huug. He lives in a remote village and is a misfit there. He is bullied constantly and even his parents seem to treat him as an outcast. He takes up thievery as a diversion but still is plagued by the fact that he is unwanted and deemed a loser. One day after an extreme bullying encounter he takes off into the Arctic wilderness and finds himself alone and lost with his beloved dog, Qipik as his ownly companion. It is there in that barren wasteland that his life totally changes forever. He stumbles across a curious egg which breaks open and his dog gobbles it up before she can be stopped. Three strange alien creatures appear and demand he return the egg to them. On his refusal they strip him of his visual identity, his Inhabitant form, and turn him into a monstrous half-human creature. His world turns upside down and completely inside out. Huug goes on a dangerous quest to find out why these "Its" did this to him and how he can return to being himself once again. He gets deeply immersed in a supernatural world of evil, mystical powers, and strange creatures that want to take him out. Huug has to battle for his very life and hopefully find a pathway back home to save his village from the dark evil that has overtaken and sucked the life (literally) out of its populace for so long. I highly recommend this book. It is targeted for a teen/ young adult market but I am positive that adults will love it too.