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Just Beyond the Very, Very Far North

A middle-grade book by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Kelly Pousette.

Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Kelly Pousette

The adventures of Duane the polar bear and his arctic friends continue in this charming sequel to the modern-day classic The Very, Very Far North.

Past the place where icebergs shiver, you will find the Very, Very Far North, where Duane and his friends are sure to make you feel right at home. You might like to share a delicious Snow Delight with warmhearted Duane. While you're slurping away, if C.C. suddenly asks you where you've come from, it's not because she's nosy; she is simply gathering scientific data. If Handsome, the musk ox, pays a visit, a quick hair combing is highly recommended. Should you notice a quiet caribou grazing nearby, well, that's just Boo's way of saying hello.

And if a less-than-friendly visitor arrives to sneak, shove, and shake things up, Duane and the others might discover that life isn't always as peaceful as mid-late-afternoon nap. Fortunately, they know that change is as much a part of life as picnics and Tuesdays and cozy stories shared among friends. (From Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Based in Vancouver, Dan Bar-el is a children's author and educator whose books include Audrey (cow) and Not Your Typical Dragon.

Kelly Pousette is an illustrator and storyteller, originally from the west coast of British Columbia.

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