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Children's Fiction Native American

The Amajurjuk

by (author) Levi Illuitok

illustrated by Ben Shannon

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
May 2022
Native American, Monsters, Polar Regions, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2022
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


In this faithful retelling of a traditional story from the Kugaaruk region, told by Elder Levi Illuitok, a father must save his infant child from an amajurjuk, an ogress known to steal children. When the ogress takes advantage of the child’s mother being blind to trick her into giving away her child, the child’s father embarks on a quest to save his infant from certain death.

About the authors

Levi Illuitok was born in Qilijauqtuaq, Kugaaruk, a community in Nunavut. While growing up, he and his family travelled by land and did not stay in one place for long. Levi enjoys going out on the land and hunting. He also teaches his traditional knowledge to students.


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Editorial Reviews

"Elder Levi Illuitok tells a powerful and hopeful story, and Ben Shannon creates expressive characters and often terrifying images."—Sal's Fiction Addiction


"[A]llows us to envision an elder sharing an old narrative with a contemporary audience"—CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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