Qaqavii: A Novel

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Emmylou is tired of moving. Her mother, Kitty, is always moving, arguing, and working. Their latest move is to Churchill, Manitoba, the Polar Bear Capital of the World. Emmylou wants to hop on a train back to the last place she lived, but then she meets a family and their sled dogs. Qaqavii is a puppy. He is part of the sled dog team, but he is inexperienced. He needs to learn how to do things like walk on slippery ice – so does Emmylou. Qaqavii and the team need work to get ready for the Arctic Quest, a sled dog race from Churchill to Arviat, crossing the arctic tundra. Emmylou helps the team. Will they win the race? Will Emmylou and Kitty ever stop fighting?

This book reads like a diary. Everything is in the present tense. It’s from Emmylou’s point of view and includes both her actions and thoughts. It might have been a little better if it wasn’t written that way.

My favorite part of the book was the race. It was exciting. I liked how they found solutions to their problems, like making an igloo in a blizzard. I think this book is realistic because the author has actually competed in sled dog races.

This book has lots of interesting information in the back. This book is a must for anyone interested in learning more about northern Canada – or anyone who just wants a good story.

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Author Miriam Korner
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 246 pages
Publisher Red Deer Press
Publish Date 2019-09-30
ISBN 9780889955707
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Issue September 2019
Category Tweens


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