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Those Who Run in the Sky

by Aviaq Johnston, illustrated by Toma Feizo Gas

tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, polar regions, coming of age
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Description

This teen novel, written by Iqaluit-based Inuit author Aviaq Johnston, is a coming-of-age story that follows a young shaman named Pitu as he learns to use his powers and ultimately finds himself lost in the world of the spirits.
After a strange and violent blizzard leaves Pitu stranded on the sea ice, without his dog team or any weapons to defend himself, he soon realizes that he is no longer in the word that he once knew. The storm has carried him into the world of the spirits, a world populated with terrifying creatures---black wolves with red eyes, ravenous and constantly stalking him; water-dwelling creatures that want nothing more than to snatch him and pull him into the frigid ocean through an ice crack. As well as beings less frightening, but equally as incredible, such as a lone giant who can carry Pitu in the palm of her hand and keeps caribou and polar bears as pets.
After stumbling upon a fellow shaman who has been trapped in the spirit world for many years, Pitu must master all of his shamanic powers to make his way back to the world of the living, to his family, and to the girl that he loves.

About the Authors
Aviaq Johnston is the author of the bestselling picture book, What’s My Superpower? For older children, teenagers, and grown-ups, she has written the award-winning novel Those Who Run in the Sky and the sequel, Those Who Dwell Below. She has also written the short stories “Tarnikuluk,” winner of the 2014 Aboriginal Arts and Stories Award, and “The Haunted Blizzard,” featured in Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories. She grew up in Igloolik and now lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut, with her dog, Sunny.
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From his early days of reading sci-fi and fantasy books, Toma Feizo Gas has been fascinated with the dramatic scenes portrayed on the covers of those books. There started his lifelong love affair with telling stories through pictures. Today, Toma’s key influence remains the people in these stories, the motives that drive us, and the decisions that shape us, propelling him to craft bold visual statements and contrast in his own art. As a career illustrator, his work can be found gracing the pages and covers of titles such as Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, the Star Wars and Mutant Chronicles role playing games, as well as several upcoming fantasy novel series.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
12 to 18
Grade:
6 to 12
Awards
  • Short-listed, Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature — Indigenous Language
  • Winner, Most Significant Work of Prose in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer
  • , Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Runner-up, Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature
  • Short-listed, Foreword Indies Award for Young Adult Fiction
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature
Editorial Reviews

A gem of an adventure novel grounded in Inuit myths and traditions...Lyrical writing, a suspenseful plot, and vivid illustrations make this a compelling read.Full of wisdom, earth knowledge, and spiritual depth, this novel captures the spirit of Indigenous leadership.


“The traditions of this Inuit culture wrap Pitu’ story in a reality that needs to be shared with all youth, Indigenous and otherwise.”


“Johnston’s descriptions are detailed and bring the various spirits to life. Throughout the book, there are black and white illustrations by Toma Feizo Gas which enhance the written descriptions and add depth and interest to the story.”


“. . . [A] haunting tale, with both Inuit culture and a ghoulish spirit world explored in a thrilling and arresting manner.”

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