DRIFTING SNOW by James Houston


An Arctic Search
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Age Range: 11 - 13
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 A fine author returns to the Arctic with the story of a modern teenager rediscovering her Inuit heritage. Elizabeth-- early separated from her parents, her vital records and even her name lost--decides to leave the familiar but lonely comforts of southern Canada to search for her family, accepting an invitation to stay at a remote camp off Baffin Island. Her new Inuit friends' language and customs strike a chord within her; gladly accepting what they have to offer, she participates in the pleasures and perils of migratory life. When Elizabeth finally finds her parents, the reunion is uneasy: they have become town dwellers, and--faced with a choice--she opts for the old ways. Despite unnatural-sounding dialogue (``I dread feeling my way through December's icy gloom''), Houston expertly establishes a sense of place and fills the story with danger, authentic detail, and sharp emotions. An easier, more conventional take on themes explored in George's Julie of the Wolves. B&w illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 11-13)

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1992
ISBN: 0-689-50563-9
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1992


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