Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4 to 8
- Reading age: 9 to 12
Joy is ten years old, living in Apex, Nunavut-a small town outside of Iqaluit-and loving life. Her little sister Allashua may be annoying, but all in all Joy loves living at the top of the world in Apex, or Niaqunngun as it's called in Inuktitut. She's doing well in school and even has a crush on a boy.
But Joy begins to notice her parents fighting a lot more than usual. Her mom is staying with her sisters in Iqaluit more than she is home.
And Joy's perfect life soon becomes a lot more complicated.
As Joy navigates her parents' separation and its affect on her family, she learns some valuable lessons about how to cope when life gets tough.
Told in the wry, funny voice of a smart and savvy ten-year-old girl, this book will appeal to young readers everywhere who have ever wished that things would just stay the way they are.
About the authors
Napatsi Folger was born and grew up in Iqaluit, Nunavut, She lived there until her family moved to Vancouver in 1991. Napatsi returned to Iqaluit in 2004, to work for the Department of Education, Government of Nunavut. In 2010 she moved to Toronto to continue her education at the University of Toronto. Joy of Apex is Napatsi Folger's first novel.
Ann Kronheimer is an Inhabit Media illustrator
Joy of ApexJoy is ten years old, living in Apex, Nunavut — a suburb of Iqaluit — and loving life. But when Joy begins to notice her parents fighting a lot more than usual, Joy’s perfect life soon becomes a lot more complicated. Navigating her parents’ separation and its effect on her family, Joy learns valuable lessons about how to cope when life gets tough.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.