The year is 1868, and fourteen-year-old Alika and his younger brother, Sulu, are hunting for seals on an ice floe attached to their island in the Arctic. Suddenly the ice starts to shake, and they hear a loud crack--the terrible sound of the floe breaking free from land. The boys watch with horror as the dark expanse of water between the ice and the shore rapidly widens, a...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Harcourt Children's Books
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At first, I loved this book. I really liked how Taylor sets up the setting with some facts about the how often the sun rises and sets in the arctic, how an ice berg changes the face of the the landscape like a giant moving mountain, and I liked the characters he introduced. But then, like Kansas, it flattened out. The ensuing "interesting facts" at the beginning of each chapter stopped setting the chapter's tone, and the story became a little simplistic. Maybe it's because there's not a lot of d...more
Aug 05, 2012 Debbie Tanner rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I thought this story was great! I learned a lot about surviving in the Arctic and it was very exciting. It's a survival story about two brothers who are trapped on a ice floe that breaks off. They basically have to wait until their iceberg gets close enough to land so that they can swim (in the Arctic?!) or climb on to land. The good news is they know how to hunt and dress seals. The bad news is there are polar bears, bad weather, total darkness, and 40 below zero temperatures, oh and the part w...more
Two kids are hunting seal and on there way back the ice chunk that they were on breaks away from shore. when they are about 25 feet from shore they let the dogs go that were with them. They make there way to camp and the camp leaders go out to find the lost kids. Yhey are stranded there with food to last about a week. But when the week comes and goes and, still no rescue and they have to start hunting for food. One day on the hunt they encounter a bear. But luckily get away with their lives. Fin...more
Sulu and Alika were going hunting for seals and on there way back the ice broke away and they were off into the sea. Bur luckly the leader stocks there sleds with a lot of food so they could survive. Well on the island they hunted and got food and learned to keep away from bears. They built a big house of ice and lived in it with nothing to do but hope they got rescued. But finally after a few months the pack found the two kids and they were very relieved and excited to be home.
This book is based on a true story about two Inuit brothers, ages 14 and 10, who become stranded on a floating ice island that was knocked off from the land by an iceberg. It teaches a lot about the Inuit culture and customs and about survival, but is pretty short on excitement. So, I guess if you want to find out about the Inuit people, it's a good book to read. However, if you're looking for an exciting adventure, it's just so-so.
A courageous story about two boys lost on an ice drift in off the coast of Greenland for six months. The author definitely did his homework and the story feels very authentic although it is fiction. It is an easy, quick read that I would recommend for 5th and 6th graders. Although, my daughter says the kids in her class that read it didn't like it. I'm not sure why. I didn't find it boring at all.
Sail from above the Arctic Circle through Baffin Bay and Greenland Strait. Not on a boat but an ice floe with 2 Inuit brothers, Alika and Sulu and their sled dog Jamka. Fight for survival hunting seals for food, fuel and warmth and fight off polar bears who want to steal your food and your life.
I liked this book a lot but it took a number of chapters before I got interested in it. It was a great book on survival in the harshest kind of surroundings. It was a love story between brothers and a dog. And it made me wonder how or why people live in the Arctic. It was the kind of book that did not entice me ever to venture out to see the Arctic tundra, ice floes, and Inuit villages.
I like that they didn't make it to boring. He put a lot of Details in the book, this book is about two people that get's stuck on a piece of ice and drifts away. This book was not my favorite book, because this book didn't pull you in for the first six to seven chapters. I liked that the kids didn't die in this book. It was hard for them to find food but they survived. they were very happy that they found there home. And thats why i don't like this book.