Tuk and the Whale
- Softcover96 pages
This story is set on the eastern coast of Baffin Island in the early decades of the 1600s.
Told from the point of view of a young Inuit boy, Tuk, it imagines what might have happened if the people of Tuk's Baffin Island winter camp had encountered European whalers, blown far north from their usual whaling route. Both the Inuit hunters and the whalers prize the bowhead whale, but for very different reasons. Together, they set out on a hunt, though they are all on new and uncertain ground.
Scrupulously researched, this beautifully told story will inspire extremely topical discussion about communication between two groups of people with entirely different world views; and about a productive partnership that also foreshadows serious problems to come.
Short-listed for the QWF Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature 2008
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