Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? Pitu is a young shaman who is just starting to master his powers. He becomes trapped in the world of spirits without weapons and without knowing how to get out. Some very scary and hungry creatures inhabit this spirit world. Perhaps all is not lost: there is another shaman likewise trapped in this world. How will he get out? How will he save himself? Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut so she is well versed in the world of which she writes. Some excellent black and white illustrations by Toma Feizo Gas greatly enhance the story.
Anything you did not like about this book? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? There are very few books written from the standpoint of this author but there are plenty of teens who like reading about the spirit world, shamans and dangerous creatures. Those who liked Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy might well enjoy this.
Who should buy this book? Public, high school and middle school libraries.
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you have an audience that would be attracted to this area of fiction, then yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 7/24/2017