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Winter Camp Paperback – October 3, 2007

4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Toughboy and Sister Series

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Grade 4-6-Following the deaths of their parents, Toughboy and Sister are tended to by an old woman in their Alaskan village. Although gruff and short on praise and affection, Natasha is wise in the "old ways" of the Athabascan Indians, and instructs the children through stories about bygone days and by taking them to a winter trapping camp. As in the earlier Toughboy and Sister (McElderry, 1990), the children mature, yet show instances of behavior and thought that reveal the impulsiveness of their youth (ages seven and nine). Hill's description of life and work at the camp is straightforward and unsentimental, a blend of beauty and blunt reality that is reflected in Sister's mixed feelings about trapping. Again, the children must learn to survive under trying circumstances, this time when Natasha leaves them to seek help for a wounded trapper in the midst of harsh winter weather. Familiarity with the first book is not required. A spare but compelling story of survival and the growth of two very resilient but sensitive children.
Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library,
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Gr. 4-6. In a dramatic sequel to Toughboy and Sister (1990), the recently orphaned children live with Natasha, an elderly, cantankerous Athabascan Indian. John (Toughboy) and Annie Laurie (Sister) respect Natasha but find her clinging to the old ways and her disparaging remarks about the pair's softness hard to swallow. In late fall she abruptly has them all flown to camp in a bush plane to teach the children how to trap and deal with the Alaskan winter. They are awed by Natasha's stamina and knowledge of the wilderness. Things gradually become almost routine, then an old miner friend is seriously injured by a moose. When Natasha sets off by dogsled for help, the children find their spirit pushed to the limit. Hill slowly and carefully sets the stage and then accelerates the pace for a thoroughly satisfying story. Told mostly in narrative, the book conveys a realistic starkness that reflects classic conflicts--humankind against nature, old ways against new. The bitter cold seeps from the pages, making the reader shiver--evidence of effective writing. Read independently or as a sequel, this is one adventure youngsters won't put down until they finish. Deborah Abbott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 800 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (October 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141696455X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416964551
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on January 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
Wintr Camp is an awesome ficton book by Kirkpatrick Hill. It is about a girl that they call Sister, and a boy named Toughboy.They live with a lady named Natasha. Natasha takes them to Winter Camp, they will stay there for a while. The log cabin is old, dusty, and the windows are cracked.So the cold air seeps through the walls.Toughboy and Sister have to do their chores everyday.One day a man named Nelson comes and gets kicked by a moose.Natasha checked to see if he was hurt, and they found out that he broke his arm. The rest of the story is about how Natasha goes to get help. I enjoyed this book because it was exciting, and it captured my attention. The theme or mesage in Winter Camp was that the old ways are good and the new ways are good too.
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A Kid's Review on January 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
Winter Camp is a great adventure book. It's writen by a Kirpatrick Hill. This story is about a brother and sister who have great adventures together. They call sister sister they call brother Toughboy. Sister and Toughboy go on camping trip. They meet a friend of Natasha's. His name is Nelson. In this story Nelson is saved by Sister. Toughboy wished he saved Nelson. I like this book because like adventrues.
by,Grace Dewitt
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I loved "Winter Camp" when I was younger. It's a great book if you're looking for adventure, and now that I'm older, I can appreciate the way it introduces kids to a different culture. Toughboy and Sister are the two main characters in the book, and they both learn lessons about who they are, how they're different from the past generations, and how it's not always bad to be able to know traditional and modern ways to do things. A great book for kids, and I'm sure adults reading it aloud can't help being entertained too.
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I have just finished my first year teaching 4th through 6th grade students in a remote Eskimo village. Earlier in the year we had read Toughboy and Sister and toward the end of the year we finished the sequel, Winter Camp. As we read both stories I asked the students if the descriptions or events about nearby Athabascan Native Americans sounded true to them. Invariably they said, "yes."

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.

Kyle Pratt
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