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Young Adult Fiction General

Those Who Run in the Sky

by (author) Aviaq Johnston

illustrated by Toma Feizo Gas

Publisher
Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Mar 2017
Category
General, Coming of Age, Aboriginal & Indigenous, Polar Regions
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781772271218
    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price
    $13.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781772271461
    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price
    $13.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781772272833
    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
    List Price
    $9.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12

Description

This teen novel, written by Iqaluit-based Inuit author Aviaq Johnston, is a coming-of-age story that follows a young shaman named Pitu as he learns to use his powers and ultimately finds himself lost in the world of the spirits.
After a strange and violent blizzard leaves Pitu stranded on the sea ice, without his dog team or any weapons to defend himself, he soon realizes that he is no longer in the word that he once knew. The storm has carried him into the world of the spirits, a world populated with terrifying creatures---black wolves with red eyes, ravenous and constantly stalking him; water-dwelling creatures that want nothing more than to snatch him and pull him into the frigid ocean through an ice crack. As well as beings less frightening, but equally as incredible, such as a lone giant who can carry Pitu in the palm of her hand and keeps caribou and polar bears as pets.
After stumbling upon a fellow shaman who has been trapped in the spirit world for many years, Pitu must master all of his shamanic powers to make his way back to the world of the living, to his family, and to the girl that he loves.

About the authors

Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut. Her debut novel Those Who Run in the Sky was shortlisted for the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature, was a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Award for Young Adult Fiction, and a 2017 Honour Book for the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature. In 2018 she won the inaugural Indigenous Voices Award for Most Significant Work of Prose in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer. She is also the author of the bestselling picture book, What's My Superpower? Aviaq loves to travel and has lived in Australia and Vietnam. She spends most of her time reading, writing, studying, and procrastinating. She divides her time between Iqaluit, Nunavut, and Ottawa, Ontario.

Aviaq Johnston's profile page

Toma Feizo Gas's work can be found gracing the pages, and covers of titles for the Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Star Wars, and Mutant Chronicles role-playing games, as well as several upcoming fantasy novel series.

Toma Feizo Gas' profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature — Indigenous Language
  • Winner, Most Significant Work of Prose in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer
  • Unknown, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Short-listed, Foreword Indies Award for Young Adult Fiction
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature
  • Runner-up, Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature

Editorial Reviews

“. . . [A] haunting tale, with both Inuit culture and a ghoulish spirit world explored in a thrilling and arresting manner.”

“The traditions of this Inuit culture wrap Pitu’ story in a reality that needs to be shared with all youth, Indigenous and otherwise.”

"A gem of an adventure novel grounded in Inuit myths and traditions...Lyrical writing, a suspenseful plot, and vivid illustrations make this a compelling read.Full of wisdom, earth knowledge, and spiritual depth, this novel captures the spirit of Indigenous leadership."—? Kirkus, STARRED review

 

“Johnston’s descriptions are detailed and bring the various spirits to life. Throughout the book, there are black and white illustrations by Toma Feizo Gas which enhance the written descriptions and add depth and interest to the story.”

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