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Ood-Le-Uk the Wanderer

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  11 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
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
Thomas Bell
Jan 16, 2016 Thomas Bell rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery-honors
At first, I only thought it was okay. It seemed a lot like an Eskimo version of Sperry's 'Call it Courage.' Yes, this is definitely a coming-of-age story of being afraid all the time and finding yourself lost and then becoming a man through a bunch of trials. (Just replace the shark with a walrus and polar bear, replace the cannibals with a crazy witch-doctor, and replace the volcano with a meteor shower). However, it is more than that.

I began to realize that this book is very much a historical
Scott Williams
Apr 28, 2012 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 09, 2014 Mckinley rated it really liked it
Although older now, this is still interesting and timely. A young tribal member from Alaska gets separated and set adrift ending up across the Bering straight and makes a home with a tribe there. After many adventures he continues his travels returning to north america and starts trading.
Aug 04, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it
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A young Eskimo in Alaska becomes lost, travels through Russia with new adventures and learning experience and returns a man.
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