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Orphan Ahwak

by Raquel Rivera

tagged: orphans & foster homes, survival stories, native canadian
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published: Sep 2007
ISBN:9781554695164
publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Description

Aneze, a young Aboriginal girl, is left for dead after her village is ripped apart by a wife-raid; her father and brother are killed and her mother is kidnapped. Aneze is the only survivor. She renames herself Orphan Ahwak as she struggles to survive on her own, first in the forest and then in a remote world of tundra and sea-ice. She endures cold and hunger and befriends people whose customs are completely foreign to her. Through it all she remains determined to become a hunter and to find a place in an often hostile and terrifying world.

About the Author

Raquel Rivera

The author of several books for children, Raquel Rivera has lived and worked in Washington, DC, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Barcelona and Toronto, Ontario (where she was born and raised). She now lives in Montréal with her family.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Awards
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee
  • Winner, Quebec Writers' Federation Literature Prize
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Commended, PSLA Top Forty
Editorial Reviews

"Aneze's adventures, and the folklore woven through the story, will appeal to both boys and girls."

— Resource Links

"A skilful blend of fact and fiction, Rivera fashions a mesmerizing page-turner that is filled with many touches of early aboriginal life."

— St. Albert Gazette

"The author's biggest achievements in this work are two-fold: her creation of a character who portrays the strength of the human spirit, and her ability to immerse us into a foreign world so completely that we miss it when it's gone."

— Canadian Children's Book News

"Rivera has written this story with touches of humor and tenderness."

— CM Magazine

"Rivera skillfully interweaves fact and imagination. This little story is a true gem."

— VOYA

"Orphan Ahwak features a female protagonist who is strong and resilient."

— Library Media Connection

"Charming...full of adventure and atmosphere."

— KLIATT

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