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The Gnawer of Rocks

by (author) Louise Flaherty

illustrated by Jim Nelson

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Oct 2017
General, Survival Stories, Monsters, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


While everyone is busy preparing for the coming winter, two girls wander away from their camp, following a path of strange, beautiful stones. Each stone is lovelier than the last, and the trail leads them farther and farther away from camp. But what starts out as a peaceful afternoon on the land, quickly turns dangerous when the girls find themselves trapped in the cave of Mangittatuarjuk - the Gnawer of Rocks! Based on a traditional Inuit legend, this graphic novel introduces readers to a dark and twisted creature that haunts the Northern landscape and preys on unsuspecting children...

About the authors

Louise Flaherty grew up in Clyde River, Nunavut. Early on, Louise was fortunate to be surrounded by great storytellers. Her grandparents instilled in her a passion for Inuktitut, and an understanding that speaking Inuktitut is a fundamental part of Inuit identity. In 2005, Louise co-founded Inhabit Media Inc., an independent publishing house dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Inuit knowledge and values, and the Inuktitut language. Inhabit Media has since published dozens of books and Inuktitut resources that are used in classrooms throughout Nunavut.

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Jim Nelson is a freelance artist based in Chicago, Illinois. He has a lifelong interest in myths, legends, and the fantastic.

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  • Commended, Junior Library Guild

Editorial Reviews

“Atmospheric, painterly illustrations complement the text. The graphic novel layout works well, setting a good pace, and increasing tension as needed...A beautiful, accessible tale”—School Library Journal

“. . . [S]plendid storytelling, horrific in its content but wise in its consul.”—CanLit for Little Canadians

“An Inuit legend in graphic novel form!”—Youth Services Book Review

“[The illustrations] capture the mysterious dark content of the tale and feature sweeping majestic but somber landscapes.”—CM Magazine

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