The Shipwreck: The Inuk Quartet, Volume 1

By: Jǿrn Riel

Illustrator: Helen Cann

After a mission to avenge his father’s death goes off course, Leiv, a young Viking, is rescued by Narua and Apuluk and eventually accepted into their Inuit tribe. Full-color watercolor, graphite, and collage illustrations.

ISBN: 9781846867385

JLG Release: Feb 2012


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Vikings , Inuit , Eskimos , History of Greenland to 1500

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This beautifully illustrated epic adventure, set circa 1000 CE, begins with the shocking, retaliatory beheading of young Viking Leiv’s father by Thorstein Gunnarsson. The playful boy becomes withdrawn and vows to take revenge. When Thorstein casts off from Iceland for Greenland to serve out his sentence of exile, Leiv stows away onboard but i This beautifully illustrated epic adventure, set circa 1000 CE, begins with the shocking, retaliatory beheading of young Viking Leiv’s father by Thorstein Gunnarsson. The playful boy becomes withdrawn and vows to take revenge. When Thorstein casts off from Iceland for Greenland to serve out his sentence of exile, Leiv stows away onboard but is swept into the sea during a storm. An Inuit brother and sister, Apuluk, 12, and Narua, 11, find him and care for him in secret—their shaman would regard the stranger as an evil spirit—until he has learned enough Inuit words to be taken to their settlement. Leiv learns their ways and comes to admire the independence of the children, their ability to survive happily in a harsh environment, and their lack of interest in violence or useless material possessions. The narrative is straightforward and well paced, with several engaging dramatic episodes. Riel skillfully interweaves information about the Inuit culture, language, and environment without being didactic. Vocabulary may pose a challenge for less-advanced readers, and mention of beheadings and amputations may be unsuitable for others. But Cann’s ethereal watercolor, graphite, and collage illustrations in cool blue tones and browns have a calmer mood that will enchant readers with the beauty of the Arctic landscape. With its engaging story and important messages, this book will be an asset to multicultural and social-studies units. Also suggest it to lovers of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet (Bradbury, 1987) and Margi Preus’s Heart of a Samurai (Abrams, 2010).—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Book Details

ISBN

9781846867385

First Release

February 2012

Genre

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/8"

Page Count

112

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.5; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.7; Points: 6;

Lexile

Level 890L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Exclusive hardcover edition

Publisher

Barefoot

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Vikings, Inuit, Eskimos, History of Greenland to 1500,

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