Novels of Paul Sullivan

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The novels of Paul Sullivan tell compelling stories; he is a gripping, factual storyteller. Most of his books explore the connectedness between humans and nature, embodying his belief in the importance of the care and preservation of the natural world—and of the devastating consequences of human failure in that regard. Although The Spirit Walker takes place in Africa, The Unforgiving Land, Keewatin, The Seal Hunters, and Legend of the North are all set in the vast Arctic wilderness, and every one of them is imbued with a deep respect for the land and the creatures—both the animals and the indigenous peoples—that live upon it.

Sullivan's other novels examine the frailty and the resilience of human nature, delving into the futility of war in A Burning of Prayers, the historical background of child labor in Breaker at Dawn, and the ravages of the Great Famine in Ireland in A Thousand TearsSullivan has the capacity to weave his plots and his sense of values into accurate and enthralling stories.

One of the most attractive characteristics of Sullivan’s novels is their range of appeal. His novels are accessible for pre-teen readers, but they are equally for adults.

Paul Sullivan was born in Trenton, New Jersey, but he says: “I spent the best years of my boyhood in Tennessee. My father and I did a lot of hunting and fishing and traveling through the South. Those years, until I was about fourteen, were very free years. We camped by lakes or rivers or went off to see what was over the next mountain. My father had a great love of travel, learning, and books, and I took them away with me. The greatest gift he gave me was a library card. I learned about Hemingway and Jack London. And today my own books are in that same town library.”

In the 1980s, Sullivan traveled to South America, Central America, Europe, Africa, and the Arctic. He kept notes and wrote about his experiences. He bases his stories on places he has been and things he has seen and learned. He says: “I try to give them some value and write books that can be read from age eight to eighty and still be enjoyed. The greatest compliment a person often gives me after reading one of my books is simply, ‘I never saw it that way,’or, ‘I learned something.’”

The novels of Paul Sullivan tell compelling stories; he is a gripping, factual storyteller. Most of his books explore the connectedness between humans and nature, embodying his belief in the importance of the care and preservation of the natural world—and of the devastating consequences of human failure in that regard. Although The Spirit Walker takes place in Africa, The Unforgiving Land, Keewatin, The Seal Hunters, and Legend of the North are all set in the vast Arctic wilderness, and every one of them is imbued with a deep respect for the land and the creatures—both the animals and the indigenous peoples—that live upon it.

Sullivan's other novels examine the frailty and the resilience of human nature, delving into the futility of war in A Burning of Prayers, the historical background of child labor in Breaker at Dawn, and the ravages of the Great Famine in Ireland in A Thousand TearsSullivan has the capacity to weave his plots and his sense of values into accurate and enthralling stories.

One of the most attractive characteristics of Sullivan’s novels is their range of appeal. His novels are accessible for pre-teen readers, but they are equally for adults.

Paul Sullivan was born in Trenton, New Jersey, but he says: “I spent the best years of my boyhood in Tennessee. My father and I did a lot of hunting and fishing and traveling through the South. Those years, until I was about fourteen, were very free years. We camped by lakes or rivers or went off to see what was over the next mountain. My father had a great love of travel, learning, and books, and I took them away with me. The greatest gift he gave me was a library card. I learned about Hemingway and Jack London. And today my own books are in that same town library.”

In the 1980s, Sullivan traveled to South America, Central America, Europe, Africa, and the Arctic. He kept notes and wrote about his experiences. He bases his stories on places he has been and things he has seen and learned. He says: “I try to give them some value and write books that can be read from age eight to eighty and still be enjoyed. The greatest compliment a person often gives me after reading one of my books is simply, ‘I never saw it that way,’or, ‘I learned something.’”

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A Burning of Prayers

Author: Sullivan, Paul

Subjects: Adventure; Archaeology; Maya

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-378-1

Order code: 3781

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This exciting and captivating adventure story is set around an unexplored and intact Mayan temple-pyramid in Guatemala. For the team of archaeologists, led by the young and determined Nicki, it is a rich lode of treasures. In fact, it is the only known Mayan site that has not been looted, making it a rare and valuable find. But the country is embroiled in civil war, and both the army and the rebels pose dangerous threats to the safety of the archaeology team.

Between the thieves and spies for both sides, it is impossible to know if anyone can be trusted. If the archaeologists abandon the site, they know that looters certainly will take everything. If they stay in the face of civil war, the army or the rebels might well take their lives. It is up to veteran archaeologist Walker Davis to decide whether to stay or go—to judge when the need to know what lies buried there is worth the risk.

An intriguing subplot allows readers to know the full story of the tomb and its contents, even if the archaeologists may never have that opportunity. The entire novel tells a riveting tale of discovery and adventure but also showcases the grueling realism of the sometimes heart-wrenching choices that must be made when unearthing history in a region of political unrest.

Author Paul Sullivan says that his novel: "shows how foolish war is. The small valley in Guatemala where the story is set suffered the same kind of conflict a thousand years ago as it did in the 1980s."

This exciting and captivating adventure story is set around an unexplored and intact Mayan temple-pyramid in Guatemala. For the team of archaeologists, led by the young and determined Nicki, it is a rich lode of treasures. In fact, it is the only known Mayan site that has not been looted, making it a rare and valuable find. But the country is embroiled in civil war, and both the army and the rebels pose dangerous threats to the safety of the archaeology team.

Between the thieves and spies for both sides, it is impossible to know if anyone can be trusted. If the archaeologists abandon the site, they know that looters certainly will take everything. If they stay in the face of civil war, the army or the rebels might well take their lives. It is up to veteran archaeologist Walker Davis to decide whether to stay or go—to judge when the need to know what lies buried there is worth the risk.

An intriguing subplot allows readers to know the full story of the tomb and its contents, even if the archaeologists may never have that opportunity. The entire novel tells a riveting tale of discovery and adventure but also showcases the grueling realism of the sometimes heart-wrenching choices that must be made when unearthing history in a region of political unrest.

Author Paul Sullivan says that his novel: "shows how foolish war is. The small valley in Guatemala where the story is set suffered the same kind of conflict a thousand years ago as it did in the 1980s."

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Breaker at Dawn

Author: Sullivan, Paul

Subjects: American History; Immigration; Coal Mining; Child Labor

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-705-5

Order code: 7055

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This is a novel about the American coal industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is told from the point of view of Paddy O'Grady, a twelve-year-old boy working in a Pennsylvania mine in the breaker, where boys under the age of fourteen sorted through rapidly-moving streams of coal, picking out rocks and shale from the anthracite that was being conveyed to waiting railcars.

Miners and their families came from all over the world, including Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Italy. The mine owners encouraged ethnic rivalries to keep the workers segregated and relatively powerless, and the mining towns were divided by ethnicity. But the mining families had in common that they were all poor, and Paddy was not unusual in going to work in the breaker at the age of eight. The law said that children under twelve were not allowed to work, but the O’Grady family desperately needed the income Paddy could bring in, and documents could be manufactured as needed.

The boys who survived the twelve-hour days in the breaker could go down into the mines and earn more money when they turned fourteen, but the work was dangerous. Men lost their lives, whether suddenly in events such as cave-ins or slowly as a result of years of breathing in the toxic coal dust. As long as the coal companies could keep the workers fragmented, conditions would never change, but one man was encouraging the various factions to work together, united in purpose if not in language or heritage. Paddy was excited by the prospect of change, and yet he longed to be a miner like his father, for he couldn't imagine any other future. His father, however, could, and in the end, though banding together for the good of all was the right thing in one moment, the O'Grady family still had a hard decision to make on their own.

This is a gripping novel—not just for young people but for readers of all ages who appreciate a masterful story about a time in the not-so-distant past when circumstances were quite different but human grit and resolve were very much the same.

This is a novel about the American coal industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is told from the point of view of Paddy O'Grady, a twelve-year-old boy working in a Pennsylvania mine in the breaker, where boys under the age of fourteen sorted through rapidly-moving streams of coal, picking out rocks and shale from the anthracite that was being conveyed to waiting railcars.

Miners and their families came from all over the world, including Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Italy. The mine owners encouraged ethnic rivalries to keep the workers segregated and relatively powerless, and the mining towns were divided by ethnicity. But the mining families had in common that they were all poor, and Paddy was not unusual in going to work in the breaker at the age of eight. The law said that children under twelve were not allowed to work, but the O’Grady family desperately needed the income Paddy could bring in, and documents could be manufactured as needed.

The boys who survived the twelve-hour days in the breaker could go down into the mines and earn more money when they turned fourteen, but the work was dangerous. Men lost their lives, whether suddenly in events such as cave-ins or slowly as a result of years of breathing in the toxic coal dust. As long as the coal companies could keep the workers fragmented, conditions would never change, but one man was encouraging the various factions to work together, united in purpose if not in language or heritage. Paddy was excited by the prospect of change, and yet he longed to be a miner like his father, for he couldn't imagine any other future. His father, however, could, and in the end, though banding together for the good of all was the right thing in one moment, the O'Grady family still had a hard decision to make on their own.

This is a gripping novel—not just for young people but for readers of all ages who appreciate a masterful story about a time in the not-so-distant past when circumstances were quite different but human grit and resolve were very much the same.

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A Thousand Tears

Subtitle: A Novel about the Great Famine in Ireland

Author: Sullivan, Paul

Subjects: Historical Fiction; Irish Potato Famine

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-576-9

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The Great Famine that ravaged Ireland in the years 1845-1849 killed about a million people and caused about a million more to flee the country in search of a better life. It was a time of mass starvation and disease, and it had deep political, cultural, demographic, and social consequences. These facts are hard to read and even harder to understand fully. A Thousand Tears puts the story of that desperate time period in context through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Fanny and her family as they struggle to survive. Fanny, her parents, her sick little brother, and her elderly grandfather draw on the strength of family bonds as the world they know becomes harder and harder to navigate. The novel offers a hard look at one of the most significant periods in Irish history.

The Great Famine that ravaged Ireland in the years 1845-1849 killed about a million people and caused about a million more to flee the country in search of a better life. It was a time of mass starvation and disease, and it had deep political, cultural, demographic, and social consequences. These facts are hard to read and even harder to understand fully. A Thousand Tears puts the story of that desperate time period in context through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Fanny and her family as they struggle to survive. Fanny, her parents, her sick little brother, and her elderly grandfather draw on the strength of family bonds as the world they know becomes harder and harder to navigate. The novel offers a hard look at one of the most significant periods in Irish history.

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The Spirit Walker

Author: Sullivan, Paul

Subjects: Africa; Environmental Protection; Elephants; Conservation

Age: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-443-4

Order code: 4434

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The first time they encountered each other, the old bull elephant had just come upon his herd, freshly slaughtered by a poacher with an unrelenting desire to kill anything that can bring a profit. The elephant had charged the man who was still butchering the cows and calves, had caught him unprepared, and had injured him gravely—but not before the man managed to get off a rifle shot, planting a bullet deep in the elephant's chest near his heart.

The poacher, Teich, has spent the ensuing years burning with the hatred of revenge. He is consumed with finding and killing the elephant, both to settle the score and to harvest the old bull's huge ivory tusks. Teich is unkempt, undignified, and ruthless. He enjoys killing, and little else. His hired man, Tebe, does not feel the same. For Tebe, the work is a way to make money so that he can provide for his beloved wife Kopela. Kopela, however, would rather he stop poaching. The risk is not worth the reward, and she has become alarmed at the vast numbers of animals that are disappearing from the African landscape. Soon there will be none.

One day a strange man comes to see them. Masuku, the old African, explains that he can find Teich's elephant. Teich is immediately interested, but Kopela begs Tebe not to go with them. Masuku frightens her, and recent events have cast ominous shadows over the entire business. But Tebe shrugs off her fears, and he sets out with Teich and the old man to find the old elephant so that they can end the saga once and for all. What he does not know, however, is Masuku's underlying motive. Masuku communes with nature. He sees the thread of life in all things, and he silently works to bring the two adversaries together in order to allow nature to bring things back into its just pattern.

The Spirit Walker is a heart-wrenching, gut-wrenching look at the evils of poaching and the loss of entire species for profit, but it is also an insightful tribute to the grandeur of nature and the majesty of the African elephant, the Earth's largest and most powerful land animal. Paul Sullivan writes with an unblinking eye that sees the world as it is, as it could be, and as it will be if we do not step forward to save it.

The first time they encountered each other, the old bull elephant had just come upon his herd, freshly slaughtered by a poacher with an unrelenting desire to kill anything that can bring a profit. The elephant had charged the man who was still butchering the cows and calves, had caught him unprepared, and had injured him gravely—but not before the man managed to get off a rifle shot, planting a bullet deep in the elephant's chest near his heart.

The poacher, Teich, has spent the ensuing years burning with the hatred of revenge. He is consumed with finding and killing the elephant, both to settle the score and to harvest the old bull's huge ivory tusks. Teich is unkempt, undignified, and ruthless. He enjoys killing, and little else. His hired man, Tebe, does not feel the same. For Tebe, the work is a way to make money so that he can provide for his beloved wife Kopela. Kopela, however, would rather he stop poaching. The risk is not worth the reward, and she has become alarmed at the vast numbers of animals that are disappearing from the African landscape. Soon there will be none.

One day a strange man comes to see them. Masuku, the old African, explains that he can find Teich's elephant. Teich is immediately interested, but Kopela begs Tebe not to go with them. Masuku frightens her, and recent events have cast ominous shadows over the entire business. But Tebe shrugs off her fears, and he sets out with Teich and the old man to find the old elephant so that they can end the saga once and for all. What he does not know, however, is Masuku's underlying motive. Masuku communes with nature. He sees the thread of life in all things, and he silently works to bring the two adversaries together in order to allow nature to bring things back into its just pattern.

The Spirit Walker is a heart-wrenching, gut-wrenching look at the evils of poaching and the loss of entire species for profit, but it is also an insightful tribute to the grandeur of nature and the majesty of the African elephant, the Earth's largest and most powerful land animal. Paul Sullivan writes with an unblinking eye that sees the world as it is, as it could be, and as it will be if we do not step forward to save it.

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The Unforgiving Land

Author: Sullivan, Paul

Subjects: Arctic; Natural World; Environmental Protection; Inuit

Age: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 2567

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As a boy, Inatukk has a vision, and in it he makes a promise to the animals of the Arctic that his people will take only what they need and no more, and in return, the fox, caribou, and seal will be plentiful on the land and will provide for the people well. By the time Inatukk becomes the leader of the people, that agreement has proven a good one. The spirits are happy, and the Inuit are strong and healthy. But then a ship comes to their village, and it brings a trader named Briggs, who gives the people rifles and traps and sends them out to get furs in exchange for the trading goods he's brought with him. Inatukk worries because the people begin taking too much from the land. The next year, the ship comes back, this time leaving behind the Reverend Joshua Hewitt, an enthusiastic missionary who believes that it is his calling to bring God to the Inuit. And again Inatukk worries.

Sixty years later, Matthew Hewitt sets off on a journey above the Arctic Circle, headed toward a place called Hewitt Sound, named for his late uncle, Joshua Hewitt. He has never been north before, has never even been outdoors much, but he has Joshua's old letters to Matthew's father describing the Inuit village and the people and the trader named Briggs. Joshua had written about old Inatukk and his daughter, the beautiful and gentle Utea, as well as his deep respect and regard for the people. Unfortunately, he vanished sometime after that, and so did Briggs, and so did the village, and no one knows what happened to them. Matthew is determined to find out the truth—the ending to Joshua's story. But the Arctic is far more savage than he expected, and even with the help of an old Inuit hunter named Iudaak to take him north, the risk of simply disappearing, just like Joshua did, is frighteningly high. Matthew must find a strength that he is not sure he has in order to learn the truth of what happened.

This novel is told in a double narrative, following both Inatukk and his daughter Utea and their people on the one hand and Matthew's journey to Hewitt Sound with Iudaak on the other. It is a revealing look at the Inuit people and their intimate way of life with one another and with the land, and it exposes the harm that the white people caused when they came to interrupt that. And yet the characters—nearly all of them—change their opinions about one another, learning and understanding and growing to find a mutual empathy that is at the heart of both stories. The book is about love and loss and human frailty and greed and human strength and endurance. It is about respect, both for the unforgiving land that is the Arctic and for the people who live upon it.

As a boy, Inatukk has a vision, and in it he makes a promise to the animals of the Arctic that his people will take only what they need and no more, and in return, the fox, caribou, and seal will be plentiful on the land and will provide for the people well. By the time Inatukk becomes the leader of the people, that agreement has proven a good one. The spirits are happy, and the Inuit are strong and healthy. But then a ship comes to their village, and it brings a trader named Briggs, who gives the people rifles and traps and sends them out to get furs in exchange for the trading goods he's brought with him. Inatukk worries because the people begin taking too much from the land. The next year, the ship comes back, this time leaving behind the Reverend Joshua Hewitt, an enthusiastic missionary who believes that it is his calling to bring God to the Inuit. And again Inatukk worries.

Sixty years later, Matthew Hewitt sets off on a journey above the Arctic Circle, headed toward a place called Hewitt Sound, named for his late uncle, Joshua Hewitt. He has never been north before, has never even been outdoors much, but he has Joshua's old letters to Matthew's father describing the Inuit village and the people and the trader named Briggs. Joshua had written about old Inatukk and his daughter, the beautiful and gentle Utea, as well as his deep respect and regard for the people. Unfortunately, he vanished sometime after that, and so did Briggs, and so did the village, and no one knows what happened to them. Matthew is determined to find out the truth—the ending to Joshua's story. But the Arctic is far more savage than he expected, and even with the help of an old Inuit hunter named Iudaak to take him north, the risk of simply disappearing, just like Joshua did, is frighteningly high. Matthew must find a strength that he is not sure he has in order to learn the truth of what happened.

This novel is told in a double narrative, following both Inatukk and his daughter Utea and their people on the one hand and Matthew's journey to Hewitt Sound with Iudaak on the other. It is a revealing look at the Inuit people and their intimate way of life with one another and with the land, and it exposes the harm that the white people caused when they came to interrupt that. And yet the characters—nearly all of them—change their opinions about one another, learning and understanding and growing to find a mutual empathy that is at the heart of both stories. The book is about love and loss and human frailty and greed and human strength and endurance. It is about respect, both for the unforgiving land that is the Arctic and for the people who live upon it.

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Keewatin

Author: Sullivan, Paul

Subjects: Arctic; Natural World; Inuit

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 2540

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The massive snow bear has been following Jake for days, but that's not the only thing Jake is worried about. His plane went down in the vast tundra of Keewatin, a region of the Arctic named for the brutal north wind that blows across it, and now he must walk to the nearest settlement, about thirty miles away. If the bear doesn't get him, the wolves might, or perhaps hunger and fatigue, or—most likely—the bitter cold that comes on the north wind. He managed to save his rifle, but he only has two cartridges, and he doesn't want to use them unless he has to.

If only his friend Max were with him! Max would know what to do. Max was taught by an old Inuit hunter named Koluc, and from him Max learned to understand the land, to respect it and the creatures that live upon it. Jake never put much stock in the old Inuit myths, but now the bear, the wolves, the land, and the wind itself are teaching him that he has only a limited understanding of any of it and that he may have been wrong about all of it. Time and again his journey to the settlement is delayed, rerouted, called into question entirely. Jake faces the very real possibility that he will not make it. And always behind him is the bear.

The massive snow bear has been following Jake for days, but that's not the only thing Jake is worried about. His plane went down in the vast tundra of Keewatin, a region of the Arctic named for the brutal north wind that blows across it, and now he must walk to the nearest settlement, about thirty miles away. If the bear doesn't get him, the wolves might, or perhaps hunger and fatigue, or—most likely—the bitter cold that comes on the north wind. He managed to save his rifle, but he only has two cartridges, and he doesn't want to use them unless he has to.

If only his friend Max were with him! Max would know what to do. Max was taught by an old Inuit hunter named Koluc, and from him Max learned to understand the land, to respect it and the creatures that live upon it. Jake never put much stock in the old Inuit myths, but now the bear, the wolves, the land, and the wind itself are teaching him that he has only a limited understanding of any of it and that he may have been wrong about all of it. Time and again his journey to the settlement is delayed, rerouted, called into question entirely. Jake faces the very real possibility that he will not make it. And always behind him is the bear.

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The Seal Hunters

Author: Sullivan, Paul

Subjects: Arctic; Environmental Protection; Inuit

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

ISBN: 978-0-89824-388-8

Order code: 3888

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This novel is set in the early 1900s at the Earth’s frozen edge: the Arctic Circle. The native people there, the Inuit, depend on their traditional skills in hunting seals and caribou for food, clothing, and other necessary materials. Always aware of the fragility of their existence, they are mindful to thank the animals after the kill and to acknowledge the spirits that rule the universe. This way of life and respect for nature could not be more different from that of the Canadian commercial seal hunters.

Thirteen-year-old Inuluk first sees the steam-and-sail ship the Grendel while he is on a hunting expedition with his father Eetuk, a great hunter and a shaman of their Inuit tribe. Eetuk warns his son that the ship is evil; it is filled with men who are slaughtering seals, leaving the carcasses on the ice and taking only the skins and oil. Inuluk sees the ship again while he is out with his best friend Kotuk, and Kotuk is too curious not to get closer. When Inuluk follows him out of fear for his safety, everything goes wrong, and Inuluk is clubbed by a hot-headed crewman of the ship while Kotuk runs for safety. Rather than leave the boy injured on the ice, the captain orders Inuluk brought aboard, effectively capturing him. By the time Inuluk recovers, the ship has sailed far from the land he knows.

The captain finds work on board the ship for Inuluk, but the language barrier is significant. It is nothing, however, compared to the cultural barrier that exists between Inuluk and the white men of the crew. Inuluk sees his first seal hunt by the crewmen, and he is horrified and sickened by the carnage. He spends an entire hunting season on board the Grendel; when at last it nears land, the captain has Inuluk rowed to a settlement on shore, but the boy is hundreds of miles from his tribe. No matter the distance, Inuluk is determined to return to his people—and to a life of harmony with and reverence for nature.

This novel is set in the early 1900s at the Earth’s frozen edge: the Arctic Circle. The native people there, the Inuit, depend on their traditional skills in hunting seals and caribou for food, clothing, and other necessary materials. Always aware of the fragility of their existence, they are mindful to thank the animals after the kill and to acknowledge the spirits that rule the universe. This way of life and respect for nature could not be more different from that of the Canadian commercial seal hunters.

Thirteen-year-old Inuluk first sees the steam-and-sail ship the Grendel while he is on a hunting expedition with his father Eetuk, a great hunter and a shaman of their Inuit tribe. Eetuk warns his son that the ship is evil; it is filled with men who are slaughtering seals, leaving the carcasses on the ice and taking only the skins and oil. Inuluk sees the ship again while he is out with his best friend Kotuk, and Kotuk is too curious not to get closer. When Inuluk follows him out of fear for his safety, everything goes wrong, and Inuluk is clubbed by a hot-headed crewman of the ship while Kotuk runs for safety. Rather than leave the boy injured on the ice, the captain orders Inuluk brought aboard, effectively capturing him. By the time Inuluk recovers, the ship has sailed far from the land he knows.

The captain finds work on board the ship for Inuluk, but the language barrier is significant. It is nothing, however, compared to the cultural barrier that exists between Inuluk and the white men of the crew. Inuluk sees his first seal hunt by the crewmen, and he is horrified and sickened by the carnage. He spends an entire hunting season on board the Grendel; when at last it nears land, the captain has Inuluk rowed to a settlement on shore, but the boy is hundreds of miles from his tribe. No matter the distance, Inuluk is determined to return to his people—and to a life of harmony with and reverence for nature.

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Legend of the North

Author: Sullivan, Paul

Subjects: Arctic; Natural World; Wolves; Inuit

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 3083

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“The wolf’s narrative is so skillfully written that readers easily suspend disbelief.... An exciting, satisfying read.– Booklist

“...good character development...exciting action...the plot itself is well-crafted...effect of talking animals works; readers will become immersed in Amitok’s adventure.” – VOYA Magazine

Amitok is the smallest and the weakest of the pups born to the white wolf family. His brother Skal is strong, and he quickly emerges as the natural leader who will one day take over the job of their father, old Tuluk, to lead the wolf pack. But Amitok is swift and smart, and Skal is proud and reckless, and it is Skal's foolishness that leads to the brothers' terrifying encounter with a snow bear. When the battle is over, Amitok finds himself alone on the ice. He drifts for days, until the spirit of his father's father, Kivvik, appears to lead him to safety.

It was a white man’s gun that killed Kivvik. The man took the hide from his body. Later it was the wolverine who ate the flesh and broke the bones to suck out the marrow. But they did not take the spirit of Kivvik, the great white wolf. Kivvik’s spirit gives strength and direction to Amitok, and Amitok grows from a timid pup into a great wolf able to follow Kivvik. Now far from his family and the land he knows, Amitok must use that strength to make his way home across the great Arctic tundra, a journey that will change him forever. But it is when Amitok and Kivvik come to interact with the men who inhabit their barren land that their story becomes a legend of the north. This is a mighty fable, a legend of the Inuit that Sullivan portrays artfully.

“The wolf’s narrative is so skillfully written that readers easily suspend disbelief.... An exciting, satisfying read.– Booklist

“...good character development...exciting action...the plot itself is well-crafted...effect of talking animals works; readers will become immersed in Amitok’s adventure.” – VOYA Magazine

Amitok is the smallest and the weakest of the pups born to the white wolf family. His brother Skal is strong, and he quickly emerges as the natural leader who will one day take over the job of their father, old Tuluk, to lead the wolf pack. But Amitok is swift and smart, and Skal is proud and reckless, and it is Skal's foolishness that leads to the brothers' terrifying encounter with a snow bear. When the battle is over, Amitok finds himself alone on the ice. He drifts for days, until the spirit of his father's father, Kivvik, appears to lead him to safety.

It was a white man’s gun that killed Kivvik. The man took the hide from his body. Later it was the wolverine who ate the flesh and broke the bones to suck out the marrow. But they did not take the spirit of Kivvik, the great white wolf. Kivvik’s spirit gives strength and direction to Amitok, and Amitok grows from a timid pup into a great wolf able to follow Kivvik. Now far from his family and the land he knows, Amitok must use that strength to make his way home across the great Arctic tundra, a journey that will change him forever. But it is when Amitok and Kivvik come to interact with the men who inhabit their barren land that their story becomes a legend of the north. This is a mighty fable, a legend of the Inuit that Sullivan portrays artfully.

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