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Children's Fiction Birds

Akpa's Journey

by (author) Mia Pelletier

illustrated by Kagan McLeod

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Jul 2022
Birds, General, General, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2022
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


After thick-billed murre Akpa emerges from his egg, high on an Arctic cliff, he soon learns that he must embark on a long migration before he is even able to fly. Flinging himself into the icy water with his father to guide him, Akpa must swim 1,000 kilometres of his journey south before he is able to finally fly the final leg of his journey. Adult male murres are also unable to fly during this time of the year, due to their changing feathers, so father and son must navigate south on the choppy ocean waves, meeting new and unfamiliar creatures along the way.

About the authors

Mia Pelletier studied ecology and anthropology and holds an MSc from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology in the United Kingdom. Drawn to wilderness and shorelines, Mia has lived in faraway places from California to the Magdalen Islands and the Canadian Arctic and spent six years working on the co-management of Arctic protected areas with Inuit communities on Baffin Island. She is the author of A Children's Guide to Arctic Birds, A Children’s Guide to Arctic Butterflies, and Avati: Discovering Arctic Ecology.


Mia Pelletier's profile page

Kagan McLeod has been illustrating for magazines, newspapers, and design firms since 1999, after graduating from Sheridan College’s illustration program. He began work as a staff artist for the National Post newspaper, and has had illustration work published in Entertainment Weekly, Reader’s Digest, The Walrus, The Wall Street Journal, Toronto Life, The Boston Globe, and Popular Mechanics. His first graphic novel, Infinite Kung Fu, was published in 2012. He lives in Toronto with his wife, two daughters, and a hound dog.


Kagan McLeod's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"This relatively unknown migration will fascinate readers who are mature enough to sit through the rather lengthy text, and the language will captivate...Readers will not want to miss this migration story."—Kirkus

" [A]n incredible journey"—Publishers Weekly

"Bird lovers will be thrilled as they follow the incredible 1,000-kilometre journey that the Arctic murre makes yearly from the icy waters of Nunavut."—The Globe and Mail

"The story is laced with kernels of truth and gorgeous prose, making this beautiful tale perfect for grandparents, parents, and educators to share with young children ages six to ten. Youth will savor the detailed, realistic illustrations. They’ll aid them in joining Akpa on his amazing and enlightening journey."—Seattle Book Review

"Akpa’s Journey is an inspiring story about an incredible species with universal themes about perseverance and the love and dedication of parents."—Hakai Magazine

"Akpa’s Journey is the perfect combination: a story told about an Arctic animal by an author who clearly has the knowledge and the passion to tell the story, illustrated by an artist with the skill to bring that story to life for young readers everywhere...Highly Recommended"—CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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