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Winter Camp Hardcover – October 31, 1993
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Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library,
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The two novels focus on a brother and sister, known in their village as Toughboy and sister. After their Father dies they live two come to live with their Aunt Natasha. Natasha longs for the old ways and is unwilling to change. She finds the children soft and suddenly takes them out of school and flies out to cabin in the bush. The children come to admire the survival knowledge and stamina of the Aunt, but question the value of many of the old beliefs. This book explores some basic conflicts; children set against nature, and tradition versus technology.
According to the publisher's website the author, Kirkpatrick Hill, still lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. She taught elementary school in "bush" Alaska for more than thirty years.
Both Toughboy and Sister and Winter Camp are written in a limited omnipresent point of view. We frequently jump from the mind of Toughboy to his sister and back. The story is often told in narrative format and while well written is at times uneven.
Recommendation: If you are a teenage reader and want a taste of what life is still like for many in the remote parts of Alaska, I recommend both Toughboy and Sister and Winter Camp.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this to my six-year-old boy, who is very interested in the outdoors and nature. We both loved it; it's probably the single book I most enjoyed reading to him of the scores... Read morePublished on February 23, 2009 by Daddy Gearhead
winter camp by kirkpatrick hill is a thrilling book that has taught me a lot about indians. i give this a three star rating because it left me with a loy of knowlege and different... Read morePublished on February 22, 2008 by K. Mantych