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Skraelings

Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley's young adult novel tells the story of a young Inuit hunter who happens upon a camp in grave peril.

Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, illustrated by Andrew Trabbold

A spellbinding work of historical fiction, Skraelings visits the ancient past, but through the eyes of a modern narrator. Kannujaq, a young Inuit hunter, stumbles upon a village of Inuit known as the Tuniit, a race of ancient Inuit ancestors. Their settlement is being menaced by a group of Viking warriors, and Kannujaq gets drawn into the conflict. The narrative brings to life the traditions and beliefs of all three cultures — Inuit, Tuniit and Norse — in richly evocative detail.

Skraelings is for readers ages 12 and up.

From the book

Unknown places, even uncertainty about where he would next sleep or eat, rarely frightened the young hunter. You, however, whoever you are reading this, would have scared him. Not because you have two heads, or you're coloured green, or you come from another planet. No, it's exactly because you come from the same planet as him that you might have scared this person.

You see, you are from another time.


From Skraelings by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley ©2014. Published by Inhabit Media.