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Ice Whale

Jean Craighead George, John Hendrix (Illustrator)


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From the most celebrated children's nature writer of our time comes a posthumous new novel in the tradition of her Newbery award-winning Julie of the Wolves
In 1848 in Barrow, Alaska, a young Eskimo boy witnesses a rare sight the birth of a bowhead, or ice whale, that he calls Siku. But when he unwittingly guides Yankee whalers to a pod of bowhead whales, all the whales are killed. For this act, the boy receives a curse of banishment. Through the generations, this curse is handed down. Siku, the ice whale, returns year after year, in reality and dreams, to haunt each descendant. The curse is finally broken when a daughter recognizes and saves the whale, and he in turn saves her. Told in alternating voices, both human and whale, Jean Craighead George's last novel is an ambitious and touching take on the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and the earth they depend on.

Praise For Ice Whale

"A fitting envoi for a writer whose most enduring tales of nature and survival are required childhood reading." - Kirkus Reviews

Dial Books, 9780803737457, 189pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2014

About the Author

Jean Craighead George (1919 - 2012) was the author of more than 100 beloved books for young people, including the Newbery Medal winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor winning My Side of the Mountain. She was a lifetime naturalist.