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Maroo of the Winter Caves

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  586 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
Maroo, a girl of the Ice Age, must take charge after her father is killed and lead the rest of the family to the tribe's winter camp.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 1984)
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Reptilian
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classs-read
This book was okay for a old time book.This book had lots of cliff hangers that were suspenseful!There was many loses tricks and turns to the plot.It was really annoying each time there was a cliff hanger......This book really never had any good detail..the only thing that wanted me to keep reading was the cliff hangers...This book was overall great from the suspense and the thrill.













!Spoiler:There is snow :3!
madison
Sep 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: school-read
Honestly, teachers think our reading capability is so much smaller then it really is. I don't really remember this book, but I know there were parts that were pretty good. This isn't my type of story and I never would have chosen it on my own, but overall I don't think it was bad. But not incredibly good.
Joebob Legitname
May 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Okay, I personally disliked this book very much. The story was just dull, and lifeless. Pun intended (if you have read this book you'll get what I am saying). And the characters were flat out dumb. The only part that I like was when they found the dog (I am an animal fanatic). I absolutely hated this book so much. I don't understand how teachers can give us this unentertaining stuff. If I could rate this book at zero stars, I would in a heartbeat. I disliked this book so much, that when we had a ...more
Ralphie
Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Maroo of the winter caves is about a girl who lives with her family of Eskimos and travels to new places every season. In this book maroo experiences new places and the love of her family. In this story maroo and her family run into obstacles and dodge snowstorms, wild animals, and hunger to get to the place of her dreams for spring.

I think I can connect to maroo the most because of her love for travel and to see new places. I can also connect to her desire for adventure and how she loves to be
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Neel Ramesh
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
In my opinion Maroo of the Winter Caves wasn't very intresting compared to the many other books i have read. The reasons I think this to be so is because,its is called a adventure but there wasn't much action or adventure really. But there where some good parts that i have to admit did bring some action. An example of this is when Maroo had to fight the cave lion it was adventurous. Though what i didn't like and what i thought the author could easily change it was making the fight a little more ...more
Chandler Corpus
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think this was an exciting and suspenseful book. I loved each chapter. every chapter ended with an exiting part and ended which made me want to read more chapters. This book was basically about a girl named Maroo surviving with her family during the Ice Age. She faces many problems and every problem she faces gets bigger and bigger. I think this book is really enjoyable and that everyone should read it.
Scarjo Blotter
I honestly didn't think this book was one of my favorites. The plot was way too predictable. One thing I did like about the book was how much conflict there was. I know this is going to sound like I am mean and nasty, but I enjoyed their hardships and their losses. Over all, I didn't really like this book AT ALL.
Aidan Jones
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok


Maroo of the Winter Caves is a good book that I really liked. It had a lot of detail, and I think you should read it. If you like books that are adventerous then you should read this book. I gave it a 4/5 star review because it wasn't the best book, but it was a really good book. All in all, I think you should read this book!
Dylan
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ehh it was ok Mrs. Price needs to choose a better book or have otak become a spirit and get revenge!
Elijah Simpao
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
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In my opinion for the book Maroo of The Winter Caves is not the best book out of a lot of books that I have read. There really isn't that much action the most of the action that I have seen in the book was mostly the time when Maroo's dad died. Another action part of the book was when Maroo and the others were traveling and they got stuck in the snow storm. Another main point was when the snow storm hit them hard,the Grandma had to send Maroo and Otak top find where the camp is
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kylie
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Although this book Maroo of the Winter Caves was a bit slow I really liked it. It showed how people a long time ago survived in the hard conditions like snow and also wild animals. They had to build snow houses to survive from blizzards. They also had to survive with no food for days at at time. This book shows that people can die at any time, in one part of the book Areg, a hunter and dad to Maroo died wile hunting a big animal .They talk about all the conflicts Maroo encountered, internal and ...more
MrLion626
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked Maroo Of The Winter Caves very much. It takes you back and makes you feel like you are living during the Stone Age. "But, MrLion626, we hate the Stone Age and everything about it. Why would you like this book so much if it has such a boring topic?" If you were asking that to me in your head, then you clearly are not a fan of the Stone Age. I will make you a bet that you will at least love this book, if not the Stone Age by the time you finish reading this adventurous book. It goes back t ...more
Anthony
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Maroo of the winter caves this book was not the greatest book but it had many cliffhangers. and the story was confusing at some times i did not like this book it was mostly boring at times. The whole point of the book was to survive the winter this book didn't really grab my attention at most times. We've all seen enough movies and TV shows to know what happens next it didn't keep me on the edge of seat as I thought it would. In conclusion this book was mostly boring had action but you could see ...more
Jace Golka
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Maroo of the Winter Caves, that may be because I enjoy survival based stories. It was just a well written story in general. I say it was a really interesting story with cliff hangers at almost every chapter, but it was not amazing I think it could have been better if there had been a second or third book. I liked the survival, adventure, and fear aspect in the story as well as all the different conflicts that happened in the story. I just think Turnbull should have added more settings, ...more
Regina
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
We're in the middle of a unit on the earliest humans with my 5 year old. So between books about mammoths, archaeology, and cave paintings, we decided to incorporate this novel as our nightly read aloud. I was looking for something that would bring the daily life of early people alive for my son. Flesh them out a little. The first half was, well, Little House on the Prairie-esque, if Laura and her family lived in a cave and feared cave bears and lions. You got a good sense of what life might have ...more
Mason
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
NO I didn't like the book,I thought the book was ok because it was thrilling and intreasting throughout the end of the book however it took WAY too long to get into the storyline. The premise was mediocre at best and had little bit too much filler most of the time. Another part about this book that bothered me was all the characters you never got to know in the book the only characters put into thought were Maroo,Titek and maybe Old Mother. The parts I loved about it were the parts toward the en ...more
Elijah Roma
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
( SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW) (kind of) Really not...exciting. If maybe Maroo or the brother died, it would surprise me, but honestly, the book was bad. |:\ i didn't like it because it wasn't suspenseful.I really expected everything that happened. (SPOILER) i knew the dogs would live, the brother would live, that they would keep the dog, etc. I'm guessing if you read this then you would understand how i feel.the book was also slow. the not dramatic moments dragged on, you just thought a way to sol ...more
Kelsey
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Maroo of the Winter Caves was amazing! This book is all about adventure and the skill of survival. As the children travel alone on there way back to camp, they faced many disasters and very dangerous tasks, including hunting for food. The two siblings (Maroo & Otak) has to travel faster and faster so they could save there family... before it's too late. I truly enjoyed this book, and recommend this book if your into suspense and action. Although, one character in the book over reacted over ...more
Joshuaturner
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought Maroo of the winter caves was a good survival story.But I thought it needed a little more action in it,the story had good character
like Maroo and her brother Otak.The part where Maroo had to fight that spirate lion had a lot of action in it.This story really does show survi-
ving in a huge blizzard really look likes,and when the famliy struggles to find shelter from the blizzard.It was sad in the story when Areg died
by falling off a cliff while hunting with his brother.So the famliy to
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Gared
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Even though people like Maroo of the Winter Caves, don't read it. First this book is predictable. When (view spoiler). You even know that they are going to live because (view spoiler). Next, the only thing i liked about the book was all the conflicts. Most of the things that happened was people starving a ...more
Sydney Rakestraw
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Maroo of the winter caves was a well detailed book and had lots of excitement.As well wrought this book is I feel like it had a little to much drama as, much as I love a dramatic book there was to much.If you are one who loves danger,drama,and heart racing excitement than this is the right book for you.I must say it was a bit sad so if your emostional than grab some clean x and find a nice spot to read and relax.This book is full of happiness,sadness,supriesing and so on.I probably could havegav ...more
Hannah Robinson
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
maroo of the winter caves was a fight for survival book.with a little bit of drama mixed in it. i loved this book you would turn a page and would never know that would happen next. the suspense was killing me. with ever turning page you learn more about maroo and her family. it was a wonderful book and i think many many people should read it. i will never forget all of the wonderful moments of the story.i never wanted to stap reading it. if you ever have the chance to read maroo of the winter ca ...more
Kirsten Magbanua
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: school-assigned
Honestly, historical fiction isn't really my "thing". I'm the type of person that likes fantasy and and dystopian future. But, I did give this book a chance. Yes, the description is great, the characters are pretty well written, but I felt emotionless throughout the book. You're suppose to cry along with the characters, laugh with them, like the characters are your friends. Yes, I felt sad when something terrible happened. But I wasn't heartbroken, I didn't nearly cry. I didn't get goosebumps o ...more
Sienna
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book wasn`t the greatest, but certainly not the worst. The main character, Maroo , had to preform an amazing task with her little brother, Otak. It depended on them to save there family, and they had only a short amount of time.Before that, they were traveling with their family, but they had fallen behind the other group. It wasn`t as descriptive as I would have hoped, but it did have some really good sections of the story. It makes you think about how hard it must have seemed to them throu ...more
Erin Drumheller
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Maroo of the Winter Caves was a finaminal book in the end. But during the journey I felt like I wasn't connected to anyone accept Otak. It really shocked me how Old mother would let her babies go out on their own to finish the journey. This book was not my favorite but still an amazing book a lot of heart warming details, but also sad.I believe Maroo is a tough and hardworking, lady.she got through losing an uncle, adapting to a new cousin and fighting the weather. If you like fierce stories th ...more
Jordan
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked it because because of its adventure and cliff hangers. It gets slow at times but if you keep reading it gets better. If you like tragedy and adventure this is the book for you. It has survival like hunting for just barely surviving and thriving. You get attached to the characters, and you get to know them more and you get back story. You realize how hard it is to actually survive in the outside world. They have to endure weather and animals and endure hunger and getting just enough nothi ...more
Axel Alamban
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I think Maroo of the Winter Caves was a heart warming story of a family trying to survive the ice age. The main character of the book is named Maroo and she has to face many challenges to save her family. This book was as good as any other book I had read but, I really did not enjoy this book. The story had lots of cliff hangers which got annoying fast, like the part when Maroo's dad, Areg, died and you'd have to go to the next chapter to see what they did or how they buried his body. This book ...more
Vitalina
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I think that this book was good but not the best book I have read.I didn't like when at the end of each chapter it gave you a lot of clues about what the next chapter was going to be about.So it showed a lot of clues that Areg was dead. I like mystery so like there is no clues YOU have to find out what happened.So the book would have been better if it didn't give you to much clues.I also think that if Otak died it would make the story better. There is a lot more things I think would make the sto ...more
Dawson Packer
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
well, I think it was OK because it wasn't bad but it just didn't give me that feeling of addiction like other books do. Maroo of the Winter Caves, is not an exiting book, in my opinion. Maroo is a book about a girl who lived in the times of the stone age while facing conflicts like hunger, sadness, and survival. I did not like it because it was a little bit boring until the climax of the book. Another reason that I do not lite this book is that the people have lot's of beliefs of spirits and thi ...more
Cailin Schneider
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maroo lived during the ice age with her family. They have to migrate for the seasons, but when the group separates, Maroo gets stuck in the snow with her mother(Tikek), uncle(Vorka), two brothers(Areg and Otak), and her grandmother(Old Mother). As the two oldest children, Maroo and Otak will have to pass over the white mountain by them selves to get help. If one gets lost, the other must go on. One must survive.

This was an amazing story and it taught me so much about the difficulties of those ti
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Ann Turnbull has written numerous books for young readers, including No Shame, No Fear and Forged in the Fire. She lives in Shropshire, England.
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