Those Who Run In The Sky (english) by Aviaq JohnstonThose Who Run In The Sky (english) by Aviaq Johnston

Those Who Run In The Sky (english)

byAviaq Johnston

Paperback | March 8, 2017

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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.

Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut. Her debut novel Those Who Run in the Sky was released in the spring of 2017. In 2014, she won first place in the Aboriginal Arts and Stories competition for her short story “Tarnikuluk,” which also earned her a Governor General’s History Award. Aviaq is a graduate of Nunavut...
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Title:Those Who Run In The Sky (english)Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:March 8, 2017Publisher:Inhabit MediaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1772271217

ISBN - 13:9781772271218

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well written This YA book is the story of a young Inu hunter in the time before European influence changed their culture. Pitu discovers he is a shaman and is swept into the spirit world where he learns his powers.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well-written, fabulous book This coming of age story centres around a young Inuit hunter named Pitu. One day he gets caught up in a violent snowstorm and loses his way. He discovers he has left the world he knows and has entered into a spiritual world of demonic mythological creatures that want to destroy him and prevent him from ever returning to his beloved home and the girl he loves. He battles savage black wolves who stalk him non-stop and ugly, hideous water creatures that want to submerge him in the icy waters and end his life. He encounters a solitary giant women who keeps t native caribou and polar bears for pets. She is delighted to included Pitu into her menagerie. He discovers a bitter fellow shaman, named Taktuq, who has been trapped in the spirit world for many years. He lives like a hermit and tries to shun Pitu. He only wants to be left alone nursing his misery and grief. Pitu manages to confront the old shaman and convince him to teach him all his shamanic powers so together they can leave that God-forsaken, evil wasteland and go back to the world of the living where his family is waiting for his return and so to his beloved girlfriend, Saima. "Those Who Run in the Sky" unveils Inuit culture and customs. The illustrations are such an enrichment to the story bringing the text alive. There is a glossary of Inuit words at the end of the book to help you understand some of the native language. The book is a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature - text. The writing is very well done. This novel can be used in both junior and intermediate classrooms and opens up wonderful dialogue to a deeper understanding of Inuit life. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic! A well written insight into the stories and mythology of a great people and culture. A very important read.
Date published: 2017-07-04

Editorial Reviews

“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.”