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Children's Fiction Winter Sports

Kamik Joins the Pack

by (author) Darryl Baker

illustrated by Qin Leng

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Oct 2016
Winter Sports, Dogs, Multigenerational, Polar Regions
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2016
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2016
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


Jake can't wait for his uncle to meet Kamik, and to see what an obedient puppy he is becoming. Jake's uncle is a great musher, who has won many dog sledding races, and if Kamik is good enough, Jake hopes today might be the day that Kamik finally gets to run with a dog team!

Following Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story and Kamik's First Sled, Kamik Joins the Pack continues the story of Jake and his puppy Kamik as they learn from their elders everything they need to know to some day be part of a winning sled dog team.

About the authors

Darryl Baker est enseignant à Arviat au Nunavut. Né à Churchill au Manitoba, il a grandi à Arviat. En 2006, Darryl a obtenu son diplôme du programme de formation des enseignants du Nunavut avec d’autres Inuits de sa localité et il enseigne depuis à l’école primaire Levi Angmak. En plus de sa carrière d’enseignant, Darryl qui se passionne pour le traineau à chiens participe assidument à la Hudson Bay Quest et à d’autres courses de traineaux à chiens entre Rankin et Arviat. Jeune homme, il a commencé à élever des chiens, son intérêt lui venant de son beau frère, Bernie Sulurayok, aujourd’hui décédé. Lorsqu’il était enfant, Darryl allait souvent chasser le phoque à la limite de la banquise avec son beau-frère. Il décida finalement d’élever ses propres chiens, passant du temps de qualité avec eux, créant des liens et gagnant leur respect. Aujourd’hui, il fait encore assidument du traineau et espère transmettre sa passion à ses fils jumeaux.

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Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China. At the age of five, she moved with her family to Bordeaux, France, where she spent the next four years. Soon after, she moved to Montreal, where she spent the rest of her childhood. Having been born in Asia but raised in the West, she uses both cultures as her source of inspiration. Looking at her illustrations, one can see the presence of both East and West.Qin Leng comes from a family of artists, where the visual senses have always been of the utmost importance. She grew up watching her father work with acrylics, pastel, and ink. Father and daughter often spent their days drawing side by side. Drawing first started as a hobby, but soon became a way of expression.Despite her many years of study to become a biologist, Qin decided at the age of 20 to follow the same path as her father and enrolled in the School of Cinema to study Film Animation at Concordia University. She has produced animated shorts, which were nominated in various nationa

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Editorial Reviews

“This book is very well-written and explains clearly to children that there is more involved with being a dog owner than just playing with them . . .”—CM Magazine

“Qin Leng uses the almost weightless touch of fountain brush and ink with high-contrast colours against the snowy background to keep the story graceful and self-assured . . .”—CanLit for Little Canadians

“The fundamentals of dog sledding emerge in this story of two youngsters, one a boy and the other a dog, eager to join the team and run.”—Kirkus Reviews

“. . . [L]ove the present-day setting, and the significant role extended family members play in Jake’s life.”—American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

"[T]his story offers a refreshing and credible depiction of a moment in a contemporary Inuit boy’s life...Leng’s playful illustrations capture the snowy quiet of Jake’s walk through town and his puppy’s adoring devotion."—Booklist

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