151st out of 245 books — 196 voters
Ood-Le-Uk the Wanderer
Ood-le-uk, an American Eskimo boy, accidentally gets across the Bering Strait when his boat is swept to sea. After three years of wandering in Asia and having many exciting adventures, Ood-le-uk returns home and is instrumental in helping establish trade between his tribe and Siberian tradesmen.
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published 1930 by Junior Literary Guild
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Jul 06, 2012 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Though I think this book is considered to be a children's book, I'm going to call it YA because of the age of the protagonist (16 at the outset of the story). Ood-Le-Uk is an Alaskan Eskimo boy who becomes separated from his tribe and ends up having a series of adventures during which he learns about the world of other peoples outside of his tribe, both in Alaska and across the Bering Strait in Siberia. I enjoyed reading about the customs and daily life of these people, and shared Ood-Le-Uk's ex...more
This book was really, really good. I was shocked. I didn't put much faith in a coming of age story in the Arctic but...I loved it! It was so well written and exciting. The depth of the character development (without a lot of dialogue) was so amazingly well done. I especially loved the theme of fear and how it can shake you to your core but how to persevere through it and be guided by what is right and true.