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Snowstorm (The): The Inuk Quartet Vol 3
by Jørn Riel
Age Range: 9-11
This third volume of the Inuk Quartet continues the exciting adventures of Leiv, Apuluk and Narua established in The Shipwreck and The Raiders.
After the long, dark winter, Leiv, Narua, Apuluk and Sølvi are ready for an adventure. They decide to head north with two dogsled teams to see if they can make it across the ice to Hellunland (modern Baffin Island). But their journey is a hard and treacherous one as they encounter a terrible blizzard that submerges them in snow while they try to seek shelter. Then Leiv and Apuluk are taken by surprise and imprisoned on a big ship that is frozen fast in the ice. It is now up to Narua and Sølvi to try to rescue them.
Danish author Jørn Riel’s inspiration came from sixteen years of living in Greenland and The Snowstorm gives another vivid account of the Inuit culture and lifestyle circa 1000 C.E. Often quite stark in its descriptions this adventure story evokes the traditional life of the Inuit people.
Aimed at intermediate readers and part of the Advanced Reader collection, this chapter book employs a large font, short chapters and full-page bold watercolors illustrations by Helen Cann that capture the bleak Artic landscape.
There are three books in the Inuk Quartet available in EnglishThe Shipwreck, The Raiders and The Snowstorm.