A very entertaining adventure book, for preteens and up about two boys lost in the far North of Canada and facing the approaching winter. Characterization is good and the chapters are short and the text is active. A good book for homeschoolers about living in the Arctic.
Not surprisingly, the author is Farley Mowat.
Good adventure tale. Was enjoyed by a sick friend of mine as an easy, exciting read. Book pub. in 1982.
If you want a survival type story, this will do for an evening. The movie is better.
Farley Mowat does a wonderful job of portraying the frozen north with panache and sensitivity. I love his novels for this reason and because of his tales. Imagine two boys lost in the barrens of northern Canada. When they capsize in a vicious rapids that destroys their canoe they must find a way to survive the winter until they can head home. Their experiences are both positive and negative but Jamie is positive and creative while Awasin understands the ways and heritage of his people and how they live off the land. Together they make an outstanding team to cope with danger, frigid temperatures, and blizzards in which no man can survive. The tale may be a bit unrealistic but it is an exciting and fun read.
Awasin and Jamie, brothers in courage, meet a challenge many mountain men could not endure. When their canoe is destroyed by the fury of the rapids, they must face the wilderness with no food and no hope of rescue. To survive, they build an igloo, battle a towering grizzly bear, track several wolves, slaughter caribou for food and clothing. Two lost huskies they tame bring companionship--and maybe a way home from their dangerous adventure.