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Young Adult Fiction Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends & Mythology

Ahiahia the Orphan

by (author) Levi Illuitok

illustrated by Nate Wells

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends & Mythology, Diversity & Multicultural, Action & Adventure, Historical
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


After his parents are brutally murdered, Ahiahia is raised by his grandmother in a camp surrounded by enemies. His grandmother knows that eventually the camp will turn on Ahiahia, just as it did his parents, so she chants a protection chant over the clothing that she lovingly sews for him, over the amulet and necklace she gives him, even over the dog that is his companion. When he is attacked, Ahiahia must use his agility, hunting skills, and the protection imparted by his grandmother to stay alive.

This traditional story is retold by Kugaaruk Elder Levi Illuitok, and illustrated in a comic book style by Nate Wells, giving life to an ancient story for new generations to enjoy.

About the authors

Levi Illuitok was born in Qilijauqtuaq, Kugaaruk, a community in Nunavut. While growing up, he and his family travelled by land and did not stay in one place for long. Levi enjoys going out on the land and hunting. He also teaches his traditional knowledge to students.


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Nate Wells is an illustrator and designer living in Texas. While studying graphic design at Texas Tech University, Nate began his career in cartooning at the school's newspaper, The Daily Toreador, where he worked as an editorial cartoonist. Nate now works in the fields of comic books, film, and music, creating posters, sequential art, and concept art. 


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Editorial Reviews

"The narrative moves along at a quick pace, helped by Wells’s expressive illustrations. Inuit culture infuses the story, as well as the graphics – from the scenery to the clothing to grandmother’s facial tattoo. Sharing stories that the ancestors told – of traditions, myths, and legends – keeps the culture alive and demonstrates the power of kinship, relationships, and survival. In this story, the animal skin clothing – among other things – maintains its spirit; the grandmother has the knowledge and love necessary to create protection for her grandson. As is the case with many Iegends, the moral and lessons of the story are ones that readers can sit with, think about, and interpret for themselves."—Quill & Quire

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