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Pomiuk, Prince of the North

by (author) Alice Walsh

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Boys & Men, General, General
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    Sep 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 3
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Winner of the 2005 Ann Connor Brimer Award, short-listed for the 2006 Hackmatack Award
The year is 1893, the place is Chicago, and the most fabulous fair the Earth has ever seen becomes an unusual home for a young Labrador Inuit boy dubbed Pomiuk, Prince of the North, who captures the hearts of the millions of people who click through the turnstiles to see Eskimo Village, one of dozens of living cultures showcased at the exhibition. Just as he did so long ago, Pomiuk’s adventures will once again charm and enthrall all those who come his way.

About the author

Alice Walsh was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada. An alumnus of St. Mary’s University and Acadia University, Walsh has degrees in both English and criminology, and a master’s degree in English literature with a focus on children’s literature. She is the award- winning author of several children’s books and young adult novels, including Pomiuk, Prince of the North, A Sky Black with Crows, and her latest book, A Long Way from Home. Walsh has received the Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” Award, the Ann Connor Brimer Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award. A former preschool teacher, probation officer, and creative writing instructor, Walsh currently lives and writes in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.

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  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Award
  • Winner, Ann Connor Brimer Award

Librarian Reviews

Pomiuk: Prince of the North

This historical adventure story describes the experiences of an Inuit family as they are  uprooted from their village in Labrador to become part of a “living culture” in the 1893 World’s Fair exposition in Chicago. The story is told by Pomiuk, who charms the crowds at the fair with his use of a dog sled whip. Pomiuk and his family try to adjust to their new experiences, coping with contrasting cultures and culture shock. When a horrible accident befalls Pomiuk his whole life changes again as he makes his way home. A glossary is included. The author notes that the story is based on the life adventures of an Inuit boy named Pomiuk. The complete story of Pomiuk is contained in Pomiuk: Prince of Labrador.

Walsh has published several books for children including Uncle Farley’s False Teeth.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2008-2009.

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