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Lost in the Barrens [Mass Market Paperback]

Farley Mowat
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Sept. 1 1987
Awasin, a Cree Indian boy, and Jamie, a Canadian orphan living with his uncle, the trapper Angus Macnair, are enchanted by the magic of the great Arctic wastes. They set out on an adventure that proves longer and more dangerous than they could have imagined. Drawing on his knowledge of the ways of the wilderness and the implacable northern elements, Farley Mowat has created a memorable tale of daring and adventure.

When first published in 1956, Lost in the Barrens won the Governor-General’s Award for Juvenile Literature, the Book-of-the-Year Medal of the Canadian Association of Children’s Librarians and the Boys’ Club of America Junior Book Award.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the Barrens Dec 30 2010
By bduncan
Format:Hardcover
Book arrived ahead of expected timeline. Quality was okay. Great to have one of my childhood favorites again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite childhood book- and still is! March 27 2006
By Dave B
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
5.0 out of 5 stars It was A GOOd Book May 23 2000
By nayzee
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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5.0 out of 5 stars My all-time favorite book as a kid Aug. 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the Barrens or Two Against the North Nov. 8 2002
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 26 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
a wonderful read for all ages
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the book that got me hooked on reading May 12 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I was a somewhat prissy girl in grade 5, this book was assigned for reading. We had English class the last period before lunch and the teacher gave us time to read before the bell rang. I distinctly remember the entire class being so immersed in reading this book that no-one heard the bell one day!! She had to call us back like we were all far, far away (which we were). I have a 13 year old son who hates reading (learning disability, crappy teachers etc.). After years of trying, I finally got him started on this book. I've caught him up past midnight 3 times now, telling me he just wants to read a bit more.
What a fantastic adventure. There is great respect and learning about cultures, nature, friendship and the will to survive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made Me Want to Run Away to Canada Feb. 25 2000
By A Customer
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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