Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"Those Who Run the Sky" - a bookwrap


"Those Who Run the Sky"

Authored by Aviaq Johnston
Illustrated by Toma Feizo Gas
Inhabit Media Inc. 
Launching March 8, 2017

Unwrapping some intriguing illustrations

About the book

This coming of age story centres around a young Inuit hunter named Pitu.  One day he gets caught up in a violent snowstorm and loses his way.  He discovers he has left the world he knows and has entered into a spiritual world of demonic mythological creatures that want to destroy him and prevent him from ever returning to his beloved home and the girl he loves. 

He battles savage black wolves who stalk him non-stop and ugly, hideous water creatures that want to submerge him in the icy waters and end his life.  He encounters a solitary giant women who keeps t native caribou and polar bears for pets.  She is delighted to included Pitu into her menagerie. 

He discovers a bitter fellow shaman, named Taktuq, who has been trapped in the spirit world for many years. He lives like a hermit and tries to shun Pitu. He only wants to be left alone nursing his misery and grief.  Pitu manages to confront the old shaman and convince him to teach him all his shamanic powers so together they can leave that God-forsaken, evil wasteland and go back to the world of the living where his family is waiting for his return and so to his beloved girlfriend, Saima. 

"Those Who Run in the Sky" unveils Inuit culture and customs.  
The illustrations are such an enrichment to the story bringing the text alive.  There is a glossary of Inuit words at the end of the book to help you understand some of the native language.  The book is a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature - text.   The writing is very well done.  This novel can be used in both junior and intermediate classrooms and opens up wonderful dialogue to a deeper understanding of Inuit life.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

About the author

Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut. In 2014, she won first place in the Aboriginal Arts and Stories competition in the senior category for her short story Tarnikuluk, which also earned her a Governor General's History Award. Her other works include My Mother Tongue published in Northern Public Affairs magazine, and Language Revitalization published in Nipiit Magazine. She currently lives between Iqaluit, Nunavut, and North Bay, Ontario.

About the illustrator 

I am an artist with a background in classical animation, skilled in both traditional and digital mediums, who's 10+ year career in entertainment arts has included work in television, comics and video games.

I've experience in all stages of production, creating art as a production artist all the way to art directing and creative direction - overseeing the creation of art and establishing product vision.

My passion is storytelling, characters, and above all being involved in projects that offer a deeply engaging experience for the audience.

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