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ISBN:9781551436531

Orphan Ahwak

by Raquel Rivera

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list price: $8.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: Sep 2007
ISBN:9781551436531
Description

Aneze, a young Aboriginal girl, is left for dead after her village is ripped apart by a wife-raid; her father and brother are killed and her mother is kidnapped. Aneze is the only survivor. She renames herself Orphan Ahwak as she struggles to survive on her own, first in the forest and then in a remote world of tundra and sea-ice. She endures cold and hunger and befriends people whose customs are completely foreign to her. Through it all she remains determined to become a hunter and to find a place in an often hostile and terrifying world.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Winner, Quebec Writers' Federation Literature Prize
  • Commended, PSLA Top Forty
Editorial Reviews

"Aneze's adventures, and the folklore woven through the story, will appeal to both boys and girls."

— Resource Links

"The author's biggest achievements in this work are two-fold: her creation of a character who portrays the strength of the human spirit, and her ability to immerse us into a foreign world so completely that we miss it when it's gone."

— Canadian Children's Book News

"Rivera skillfully interweaves fact and imagination. This little story is a true gem."

— VOYA

"Orphan Ahwak features a female protagonist who is strong and resilient."

— Library Media Connection

"A skilful blend of fact and fiction, Rivera fashions a mesmerizing page-turner that is filled with many touches of early aboriginal life."

— St. Albert Gazette

"Charming...full of adventure and atmosphere."

— KLIATT

"Rivera has written this story with touches of humor and tenderness."

— CM Magazine

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