Ice Drift

Published By: Harcourt Children's Books

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Juvenile Non-Fiction

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Reviewed by Laura V. Hilton

Fourteen-year-old Alika and ten-year-old Sulu are Inuit brothers who live up in the Arctic, near Greenland. While hunting seals, Alika hears the ice cracking, and then the ice floe they are on breaks free from land and starts drifting south.

Alika turns the sledge dogs loose, hoping that they will make it back to the village and alert his family what had happened. Maybe he and his brother can be rescued before they die. After all, only one other man had survived being caught on an ice floe. The others have disappeared, never to be seen again.

Somehow, on the barren ice floe, Alika must find shelter and food. They must also protect themselves from polar bears and the bitter cold, all in the darkness of an Artic winter. Will Alika and Sulu survive on their own?

Set in 1868, Ice Drift is an interesting story about two boys who fight for survival in the wild. The story is more narrative than point of view, and I think it would have been a better book had it been written with a point of view. Even so, the story is dramatic and it is fascinating learning about the historical Inuit culture.

Included in the book are Inuit vocabulary words and also wonderful little bits of information about ice floes, the Inuit people, and the Artic region. Discussion questions are also included at the end of the book.

Armchair Interviews says: This book is excellent for elementary age students and will teach them something about their northern neighbors.

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