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Lost in the Barrens Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1987


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; reprint edition (Sept. 1 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771066813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771066818
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 10.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #436,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Farley Mowat's Lost in the Barrens is the quintessential Canadian tale of adventure. First published in 1956, it won the Governor General's Award for Juvenile Literature, the Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year Award and the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award. And it is as exciting a book for contemporary kids as when it first appeared. Orphan Jamie Macnair has left the safety of boarding-school life in Toronto to join his Uncle Angus, a trapper, in the icy reaches of the Canadian North. Jamie is utterly enchanted by the Arctic and is able to share his fascination with his new friend, Awasin, a member of a nearby Cree camp. When Jamie and Awasin have a chance to join a band of Chipeweyans on a trip to the remote Barrens, they jump at the opportunity. But when their canoe capsizes and they are separated from the group, it takes all their ingenuity to survive winter in the Barrens. Lost in the Barrens is at once a powerful and exciting adventure story and a sensitive look at Canada's First Peoples and their traditions. It is enhanced by Mowat's own knowledge of and passion for the Canadian North, and young readers will be fascinated by all the details that Mowat includes, from making sleds and boots to the nomadic tradition of following the caribou herds. Older readers who enjoy this adventure tale might want to check out the sequel, The Curse of the Viking Grave, as well as some of Mowat's non-fiction books about the North, including People of the Deer, Tundra, and Sea of Slaughter. (Ages 10 to 16) --Jeffrey Canton

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Awasin and Jamie, brothers in courage, meet a challenge many mountain men could not endure. When their canoe is destroyed by the fury of the rapids, they must face the wilderness with no food and no hope of rescue. To survive, they build an igloo, battle a towering grizzly bear, track several wolves, slaughter caribou for food and clothing. Two lost huskies they tame bring companionship--and maybe a way home from their dangerous adventure. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 8 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
This is a tale of adventure, growing up, making bad decisions and living with the consequenses, but most of all friendship.
Jamie and Awasin want an adventure into the Arctic, but don't count on having to do it alone. Together they learn from each other how to survive in very brutal conditions. The story contains great descriptions of survival techniques and of the Arctic wilderness and the creatures that survive there.
I first read this book under the title "Two Against the North", back in the 1970's. I found it had been re issued under this current name when I was searching for it for my nephews. If your reader is interested with Gary Paulson(Hatchet,etc) or Jean Craighead George (My Side of the Mountain,etc) They will certainly enjoy this as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave B on March 27 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When i was in grade school (i'm in college now), I read this book between 5 and 10 times. I lent it to my grade seven teacher, and never got it back- :(
I could always picture myself in the adventure Jamie and Awasin went on.. I recently received the book and have read it twice since then.
Farley Mowat is definitely one of the best Canadian writers ever. If you enjoy this book, read NEVER CRY WOLF as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nayzee on May 23 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
I read This Book I read for School. I would Hate any book Asigned to me But this was The Best out Of the two We had to Read. I would Recomend This Story. To people who like adventor and Strugle To survive Stories. AND NEVER READ SUMMER OF THE SWANS! BUT READ LOST IN THE BARRENS!
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I probably read this book between 15-20 times as a kid and had constant daydreams about being a part of the grand adventure. When my daughter was about 9, I had to search hard to find it, but she was just as captivated as I. Since we loved it so much, it was then difficult to talk my son into reading it (maybe it was a girly book! - horrors!), but when he finally gave in, he went wild about it, too.
The sense of self-reliance that these boys had to develop does rub off on the reader and help the reader feel that they can overcome any obstacle if they perservere. My son, who is 20, recently gave our copy to an 8 year old boy who loves to read, and I just ordered a replacement. And so, the adventure continues...
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By A Customer on Feb. 25 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book in 1963 at age 14 and was captivated by it. My friends and I were hunters and campers and we read all the books about the northern wilderness that we could find even though North Carolina was a far ways from the frozen tundra. As a kid I ranked this book above "White Fang". I bought a copy for my son several years ago and it helped stimulate his interest in reading. It's about Jamie, a greenhorn kid from the city and his new friend, a Canadian Indian boy named Awasin. They become stranded in the wilderness with winter coming on and have to improvise survival techniques. A classic.
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This book, about two boys who's canoes broke and were lost in the barrenlands is another great book by Farley Mowat. The book is action-packed with adventure. Read it and you won't be able to stop.I read this book in two days. I was reading it till the late hours of the night until I had finished it and then I had wanted to read it again. The sequel Curse of the Viking Grave, I have not been able to read yet but I will be reading it soon. Hats off to Farley Mowat.
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This book, about two boys who's canoes broke and were lost in the barrenlands is another great book by Farley Mowat. The book is action-packed with adventure. Read it and you won't be able to stop.I read this book in two days. I was reading it till the late hours of the night until I had finished it and then I had wanted to read it again. The sequel Curse of the Viking Grave, I have not been able to read yet but I will be reading it soon. Hats off to Farley Mowat.
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By Anne on Dec 22 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Two boys, one American-Indian and one of European descent, find themselves pitted together in a struggle for survival in one of the most inhospitable climates of the world. Together they battle hunger, cold, hostile enemies, and loneliness. I discovered this book as a child, and as an adult I still reread it when I need to get lost in a good story. Highly recommended.
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