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Under the Ice

by (author) Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley

illustrated by Jae Korim

Publisher
Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Apr 2012
Category
General, Monsters, Polar Regions, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781927095010
    Publish Date
    Apr 2012
    List Price
    $9.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781927095065
    Publish Date
    Apr 2012
    List Price
    $9.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 5
  • Reading age: 9 to 12

Description

Winter can be cruel in the Arctic, and food quickly grows scarce for those who cannot hunt. In these difficult times, the grandmother of an orphaned boy wishes aloud for the qallupaluit - strange, monstrous creatures that live under the sea ice - to take her grandson away forever.
The old woman soon regrets her hasty words when the little boy is snatched and carried away to the creatures' underwater lair. After enlisting the help of her fellow villagers, the old woman learns that her grandson may be happier with the qallupaluit than he ever was with her.
Written for contemporary audiences by acclaimed Inuit author Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley and illustrated in a quick comic book style, this tale is sure to thrill middle grade readers.

About the authors

Of Inuit-Cree ancestry, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley was born in a tent on northernmost Baffin Island. She learned Inuit survival lore from her father, surviving residential school and attending university. In 2012, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for numerous cultural writings. Of Scottish-Mohawk ancestry, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley was born in southern Ontario, learning woodcraft and stories from his father. Training as an artist, then writer, Sean’s sci-fi work won 2nd place at the California-based Writers of the Future contest, published by Galaxy Press. Rachel and Sean have worked for decades as Arctic researchers and consultants. In writing together, they have published 10 successful books and many shorter works, celebrating the history and uniqueness of Arctic shamanism, cosmology, and cosmogony. Their novel, Skraelings: Clashes in the Old Arctic, was a Governor General Awards Finalist and First Prize Burt Award winner.

Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley's profile page

Jae Korim is a graduate of the classical animation program at Sheridan College. He has worked on numerous comic books, video games, and short films.

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Librarian Reviews

Under the Ice

Winter can be cruel in the Arctic, and food quickly grows scarce during the long winter months for those who cannot hunt. In these difficult times, the grandmother of an orphaned boy wishes aloud for the qallupiluit — strange, monstrous creatures that live under the sea ice — to take her grandson away forever. This adventurous tale is illustrated in a comic book style.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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