Lost in the Barrens Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1987
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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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This is a childhood classic, which started a lot of desires to go up north. Wanted to share this book and my bucket list with my son.Published 6 months ago by Larry Sweeting
Getting it on Kindle was great. My son left his book at school so we were able to read the electronic version at home. Very convenient!Published 14 months ago by Nicolle Choquette