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Children's Fiction Native American

Kiviuq and the Mermaids

by (author) Noel McDermott

illustrated by Toma Feizo Gas

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Jul 2016
Native American, Polar Regions, Native Canadian, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2016
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  • Paperback / softback

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

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Kiviuq, one of the greatest and most important characters in Inuit mythology, is said to have travelled over land and sea overcoming obstacles and successfully defeating various fearsome foes. In Kiviuq and the Mermaids, young readers experience one of Kiviuq's most heartpounding adventures: an encounter with a group of frightening mermaids. With only his qayaq to keep him out of their clutches, Kiviuq must think fast to defeat these angry creatures of the deep!

About the authors

Noel McDermott is a retired professor of literature at Nunavut Arctic College where he lived and taught in Inuktitut and English for thirty-five years as a classroom teacher, school principal, and lecturer in the teacher training program. He has held Teaching Appointments at many other educational institutions, including McGill University, Trent University, the University of Waterloo, Ontario, as well as at the Sami University in Kautokeino, Norway.

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From his early days of reading sci-fi and fantasy books, Toma Feizo Gas has been fascinated with the dramatic scenes portrayed on the covers of those books. There started his lifelong love affair with telling stories through pictures. Today, Toma’s key influence remains the people in these stories, the motives that drive us, and the decisions that shape us, propelling him to craft bold visual statements and contrast in his own art. As a career illustrator, his work can be found gracing the pages and covers of titles such as Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, the Star Wars and Mutant Chronicles role playing games, as well as several upcoming fantasy novel series.

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Editorial Reviews

“. . . [T]he eerie and menacing nature of the images of the mermaids amplify the dramatic fight that Kiviuq must win in order to escape with his life.”—CM Magazine

“A breathless escapade featuring battles against both monsters and the elements.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Vivid descriptions and a pulse-racing narrative . . .”—Hakai Magazine

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