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The Northern Lights (Paperback)

Author:  Howard Norman
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312283377
ISBN-13: 9780312283377
Sku: 30823031
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  240
Age Range:  NA
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A young boy must make a new life in Toronto after the death of his mother and cousin. An original, entertaining account of a boy's coming of age, and a National Book Award nominee.
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After his friend drowns, fifteen-year-old Noah Krainik decides to leave his childhood and hometown in the frozen wilderness of Northern Manitoba and journey to a new life in the city of Toronto.
In the frozen wilderness of northern Manitoba, fourteen-year-old Noah Krainik lives with his mother and cousin. With his quirky, cheerful best friend, Pelly Bay, he explores this exotic, lonely landthe domain of Cree Indians, trappers, missionaries, and fugitives from the modern world. When tragedy strikes, Noah must go on alone, discovering a new life in the south and the bustling of Toronto. It is there in the Northern Lights movie theatrewith a Cree family taking up residence in the projection booth, and the reappearance of his elusive fatherthat Noah becomes an adult.
In the frozen wilderness of northern Manitoba, fourteen-year-old Noah Krainik lives with his mother and cousin. With his quirky, cheerful best friend, Pelly Bay, he explores this exotic, lonely landthe domain of Cree Indians, trappers, missionaries, and fugitives from the modern world. When tragedy strikes, Noah must go on alone, discovering a new life in the south and the bustling of Toronto. It is there in the Northern Lights movie theatrewith a Cree family taking up residence in the projection booth, and the reappearance of his elusive fatherthat Noah becomes an adult.
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Noah Krainkik is a teenager whose father has moved him, his cousin Charlotte, and his mother Mina to the Arctic. His father, frequently gone from home, leaves them with a short-wave radio by which Noah communicates with the nearby village of Quill, where Noah spends his summers. Via the radio, he learns of the death of his friend Pelly; Mina and Charlotte leave the wilderness for Toronto, where Mina runs a movie theater called Northern Lights. Noah, in mourning for Pelly, eventually leaves the Arctic as well, and joins Mina in Toronto.
Author Bio
Howard Norman
Born in Toledo, Howard Norman has worked extensively in the realm of Native American studies, as well as environmental causes. His book THE NORTHERN LIGHTS received a Whiting Foundation grant and was nominated for the National Book Award in 1987. He maintains fluency in a number of Algonquin dialects, and has translated Indian poetry and folktales into English. While not a Native American himself, he was first exposed to Indian culture while serving on a fire crew in Manitoba; most of the members of the crew were Cree Indians. He immersed himself in Cree culture and later lived among the Inuits.

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"A warm and full-hearted book...struck through with a sweet and compelling light." - Louise Erdrich

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"Enchanting...a startlingly fresh work, an innocent and humorous story about the fundamental strangeness of life." - Barry Lopez

Contemporary Authors
"When you're writing a first novel, you're full of fears and intimidations, but you're also full of that kind of ambition and excitement and hope that you have to have just to get through it. That's the paradox of it, I suppose." - Howard Norman

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0240
Product attributePublisher:   Picador USA
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