On Thin Ice by Jamie BastedoOn Thin Ice by Jamie Bastedo

On Thin Ice

byJamie Bastedo

Paperback | April 30, 2006

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Ashley Anowiak is in search of a murderous polar bear that may be real or mythical.

The only thing for certain is that what she discovers will change her life - and her community's - forever.

In spite of its name, no one in the tiny troubled hamlet of Nanurtalik "the place with polar bears" can remember seeing a polar bear in decades. But when a teenager's dismembered body is discovered on a nearby ice road, everyone fears polar bears have returned. The community is thrown into chaos as another suspected bear attack sparks a flury of bullets that whiz through the town during a blinding four-day blizzard. Was it a real or phantom bear? No one can say for sure.

Ashley Anowiak is swept into this storm of confusion by her special link with polar bears expressed through the magic of her art and the terror of her dreams. She finds herself on the trail of Nanurluk, a giant bear that has haunted her people for thousands of years.

Ashley's bear hunt leads from the frozen catacombs beneath Itkiqtuqjuaq to the jumbled ice fields covering the Arctic Ocean. As she closes in on the bear, Ashley's inner and outer worlds are torn apart, leaving her desperate for any stability she can find.

This is the story of a gifted northern youth struggling to find her true home in a fast-changing arctic, where culture, climate and landscape seem to be crumbling all around her.

Jamie Bastedo's work is all about taking science to the streets. Well established as a popular science writer he writes to inform and inspire, telling a "story of place." He also has written over 30 natural history features in magazines, including Up Here, Backpacker, and Winter Living. When not out on the land, he hangs his hat in Yel...
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Title:On Thin IceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.86 inPublished:April 30, 2006Publisher:Red Deer PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0889953376

ISBN - 13:9780889953376

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good I really liked this book. It was intriguing, full of twists and turns, though a few events were somewhat predictable. A recommended read.
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something to Think About Woven into a story of a young woman growing up and finding herself is the story of our planet and the changes we are all experiencing. A captivating story to read and a topic that should be top of mind for all.
Date published: 2006-06-30