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A mysterious vision of a whale with a white tail leads Lincoln on a journey from Massachusetts to Barrow, Alaska, and into an encounter with the Eskimo culture. *Author: George, Jean Craighead *Publication Date: 1989/02/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.50


Publisher Harpercollins Childrens Books
Mfg Part# 9780064402026
SKU 30006163
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0064402029
Release Date 2/1/1989
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.5H x 5L x 0.75T
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Jean Craighead George
Born into a family of naturalists, Jean Craighead George has said that her writing, which often focuses on environmental themes, continues the "family business." She graduated from Penn State University in 1941 and then worked as a member of the White House Press corps and as a reporter for "The Washington Post." Her first book, VULPES THE RED FOX (1948), was written in conjunction with her then-husband, John George. The couple had three children together, but divorced in 1964. Her first novel for children, MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, was published in 1959 and was named a Newbery Honor Book. JULIE OF THE WOLVES received the 1973 Newbery Medal. Jean Craighead George has proudly claimed to have kept over 173 pets--not counting cats and dogs. Many of the animals that she cared for have become characters in her books.
"This is a complex adventure story with interesting characters, a dramatic natural setting and significant themes about environmental preservation and cultural conflicts."
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Annotation Lincoln Stonewright is sent by his father from his New England home to live in an Alaskan whaling camp. Totally unprepared for this new life, Lincoln learns that he is part Eskimo. With the help and encouragement of an Eskimo captain, Lincoln gains courage and understanding, but it's his connection with the whale, Nukik, that helps Lincoln understand his heritage.
Editors Note This book addresses the issues of conservation and cultural heritage as New Englander Lincoln Noah Stonewright spends the summer in Alaska with the family of an Eskimo whaling captain.
Editors Note 2 "Nukik! Lincoln gasped, his skin tingling. Could this be happening! Had he just seen a whale with a white tail? Was it now going to give itself to him, as Vincent had said?Lincoln still could not believe it. He had had only one thing in mind when he made the long trip from Massachusetts to Barrow, Alaska, and that was to find his Uncle Jack. He thought Vincent Ologak, an Eskimo whaling captain, could tell him where to find him, for Vincent was the man Uncle Jack had planned to see when he went to Alaska to help save the bowhead whale from extinction.But Vincent Ologak cannot or will not give Lincoln a straight answer. As far as he is concerned, Lincoln is there for a very different purpose from the one he himself imagines: A whale is coming to Lincoln, a whale that will end two years of waiting and suffering for Vincent's people.Nothing in Lincoln's past experience quite prepares him for the whaling camp at Barrow. Here ice is a living presence and the temperature is so cold that spilled water hits the ground as ice balls. Here for the first time he meets young Eskimos-especially Unpik, with whom he falls deeply in lovewhose strong identification with their Eskimo culture leads Lincoln to question his own identity. But above all else it is Vincent Ologak's vision of him that teaches Lincoln more than he has ever learned anywhere before.Jean Craighead George blends masterfully observed nature scenes and a wry story of first love in one of her most appealing and moving novels.Life in today's New England hasn't prepared Lincoln for the ways of an Alaskan whaling camp. But it's there that he draws strength from an Eskimo captain's vision of him and his connection with Nukik, the whale that gives itself to Lincoln and the people of Barrow. ?Beautifully written, with a fine blend of Eskimo ritual and modern science.' 'SLJ. Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 1987 (NSTA/CBC)Children's Books of 1987 (Library of Congress)1988 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 13
Number of Pages 0224
Publisher Harper Teen

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