One Arctic Night
by D F Whibley
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Pub Date 16 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 27 Oct 2022
17 Year old Panuk lives in Pangnirtung with his parents and extended family. Panuk’s parents have passed down many Inuit traditions to their children and have also taught them survival skills, including how to hunt and fish.
Panuk’s father takes tourists on hunting trips. But when he has to leave Pangnirtung to get a painful kidney stone removed, he cannot cancel an upcoming tour and asks Panuk to step in for him.
The two men Panuk is to take on the trip are rude and disrespectful. They are prejudiced toward Inuit people and youth. As Panuk and the two men journey to their camping spot, the local RCMP officer calls Panuk and tells him a severe storm is headed their way. It’s too late to return back to town, and Panuk and the two men must prepare their camping site before the storm hits.
Will the 17 year old be able to deal with the two hunters and will they all survive this one arctic night?
I learned so much about Arctic village life from this book! And it has a good message since it deals with racism . I recommend this book for anyone 13-16 who is interested in hunting or fishing or Arctic life.
Consistent 4 out of 4 stars in most reviews
Average rating from 11 members
a fantastic story that transports you to the arctic tundra! I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptive scenes of wintery storms and traditional Inuit customs. the main character Panuk was well developed and his growth through dealing with racism was greatly written. Thank you to NetGalley and BookGoSocial for providing me with an ebook to read.
This book is great! Will definitely buy a copy for my classroom library. As a grade 4 teacher, I think this book would be fabulous for students that age and slightly older. There is mention of alcohol and tobacco but no swearing, sex, drugs etc. the content is totally appropriate for middle grade students and actually is very connected to Social Studies curriculum in Canada. Way of life in the Arctic, including food, transportation, population, health care, hunting and Inuit culture are all well explained throughout the story. I think this is a great book and look forward to recommending it to my students. I am very appreciative of the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book!
A perfect story to encourage teenage readers and find empowerment in who they are within their community.
Panuk is proud of his Inuit name and heritage. His family have settled for a traditional way of life where gender roles have to be interchangeable to survive Arctic living.
His Dad is a guide taking visitors out on hunting and camping expeditions, consequently Panuk has learned many skills accompanying them on such trips.
So when his Dad is unable to lead two “Southerners” out on the ice in search of Caribou he asks Panuk to take over.
He has to confront his own fears as well as unexpected bigotry and outspoken racism. When their camp is overrun by a fierce storm it seems his life is threatened as well as all his accepted principles and core values.
A great sense of place and location in this icy wilderness. Part coming of age story as much as the life issues.
Certainly the clash of cultures leaves Panuk at a disadvantage but I enjoyed the inner strength his upbringing and learning allows him. Real emotions are drawn out, fear is clearly defined in all three characters stranded in the storm. Resilience and fortitude are needed as much as skill and a belief in one’s own values
One Arctic Night has the potential take life or change it forever.
As a book it should give young people encouragement to do right and act fairly. If offers hope while reflecting on what makes us different in our shrinking world. It embraces change and environment concerns while showing it isn’t too great a leap to welcome diversity, faith and new beginnings.
I have started this book with a mindset to know about the life of Pole peoples. And, I must say this gives a very good insight to their lives and struggles in the daily life.
Panuk is a school going boy who is an Inuit (indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic and subarctic regions) whose life is the center of this book. His expectation from his life and his thoughts on how to manage all that his parents taught him about the society, is this novel all about. His talking of Inuit folklores about 'Qallupilluit' which was mis-spelled harmonically as 'Qalupalik', 'amautiks' and over-gown for womens & 'qiviuts' from muskox; these were the things which let me know more about their culture and traditions.
"He started to walk around in an everlarger circle, hoping to find the snow that it takes to build an igloo. It can’t be wet snow, and it can’t be dry snow. It must be wind-packed snow—snow that has been packed down from the wind and not just from someone walking on it."
Mr. Singh's plot of discussions tells a lot about author's familiarity with Indian People and learning from their deep rooted culture and indeed Indian cuisines are best to savour. Hospitality in us Indians is what we have made the world believe that we never leave anyone in trouble. Humble nature to count whole world as one family, is what we have always been taught ever since ages, वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्"(Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam) which means "The World Is One Family".
Panuk's best friend Toklo were the main protagonists and Toklo's cousin Ujaruk was also ther eto help them assisting the tourists. Toklo's family values made him the best lead to let children educate on how to carry their teachings along wherever they go. "Panuk thought about his options. He felt that the hunters were being very unfair to him and wondered if he should say so. He thought about Dad’s instructions about making the customer comfortable, so he didn’t say anything." There was a good learning on the people's nature in different regions and situations; quoting "Panuk didn’t want to believe that the people in the South didn’t abide by the law of the North— an unwritten law stating that no one would be refused shelter for the night."
His understanding on the livelihood made him save the tourists from the storm that even took away the permanent structures with it.
It was in all an amazing read & I would definitely like to read further from this author. I would really love to see this short-read to be taken into consideration for one animated movie based on it.
For me it deserves full-on: 5.0/5.0
This was a brilliant read and so very interesting. I loved learning about a different culture. this book did an excellent job at peaking my interest and making me feel like I had learnt something. It was a brilliant adventure survival story. It was a wonderful short story aimed teenagers aged 12 to 17 years but I definitely feel like adults will love an appreciate it too. It's great at describing what life is like in a cold and dangerous climate. It was very well wrote with lots of atmosphere and tension. I was certainly at the edge of my seat. In this page turning book. I loved the characters and thought the author did an excellent job at creating tourist characters who are demanding and lack to understand the dangers of the climate. I just love characters that you love to hate. I really can't recommend this book enough it's exciting and thrilling. I just couldn't put it down and had to binge read it. I would love to read more books by this fantastic author.
Only the highest of praise goes out to the author and publishing team for creating a fantastic believable story that is great for ages 12 plus.
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