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Ice Drift (Paperback)

Author:  Theodore Taylor
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0152055509
ISBN-13: 9780152055509
Sku: 31308024
Publish Date: 2/20/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.25H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  224
Age Range:  12 to 16
 
In the year of 1868, two brothers are set adrift on the cold sea after a block of ice suddenly cracks and they must endure incredible physical hardships, near-death experiences with wild animals, and emotional exhaustion while waiting, with limited hope, for help to arrive. Reprint. *Author: Taylor, Theodore *Publication Date: 2006/03/01 *Number of Pages: 224 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 4-6 *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.25
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The year is 1868, and fourteen-year-old Alika and his younger brother, Sulu, are hunting for seals on an ice floe attached to their island in the Arctic. Suddenly they hear the terrible sound of the floe breaking free from land. The boys watch with horror as they start drifting south--away from their home, their family, and everything they've ever known.

Throughout their six-month-long journey down the Greenland Strait, the boys face bitter cold, starvation, and vicious polar bears. And yet, in this moving testament to the bond between brothers, Alika and Sulu remain hopeful that one day they'll be rescued .

Includes a map, a glossary of Inuit words and phrases,
and an author's note.
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It's 1868, and two Inuit brothers, Alika and younger Sulu, are hunting on an ice floe precariously connected to Ellesmere Island, in cold, vast Greenland. After spending hours hunkered down at a seal hole, waiting for their prey, they are suddenly set adrift as the air is filled with a sickening sound of the floe splintering from the island. This had befallen other villagers, and none ever returned home. For six long months, their treacherous path down the Greenland Strait exposes the boys to savage polar bears, bitter cold, and starvation. A dearly hoped for rescue comes in the form of a hunter on Baffin Island, hundreds of miles to the south.
Author Bio
Theodore Taylor
Before becoming a full-time writer, Taylor's careers included newspaper journalist, merchant marine, and press agent. His first novel, THE CAY, was published in 1969 and tells the story of a black West Indian sailor named Timothy and a white boy named Philip who are marooned on an island--the only survivors of a shipwreck. This work won many awards but also created controversy, as many considered the depiction of Timothy racist. Because of this controversy, Taylor was eventually asked to return the Jane Addams Children's Book Award that had been given to him for this work. Taylor asserts that THE CAY is not a racist book, that the character of Timothy, modeled after a real person, is indeed a hero and not a stereotype. A sequel/prequel to THE CAY, TIMOTHY OF THE CAY appeared in 1993.

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"[F]ans...will enjoy both the intense survival detail and the gratifying conclusion." 02/01/2005
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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0224
Product attributePublisher:   Harcourt Paperbacks
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