The Middle of Everywhere

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Orca Book Publishers, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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Just then, I hear more sniffling. It's getting louder, coming closer. When I peek out through the crack, I'm confused. There's a mountain of snow out there. Only it wasn't there before. Where could all that snow have come from? Of course, it isn't snow. It's a bear. A polar bear. Or part of a polar bear, anyhow. I can't see the top or the bottom of him from here-just his giant furry white mountain of a middle. Even crouched over, he's huge. My jaw drops, and every part of me is shaking-my hands, my knees, even my belly. I want to speak, but I know I mustn't. Besides, right now, I don't think my mouth would work. I'm too afraid. My fear is pure and cold and overpowering. Fifteen-year-old Noah Thorpe is spending the school term in George River, in Quebec's far North. The Inuit call Noah a Qallunaaq-the Inuktitut word for a non-Inuit person, someone ignorant of the customs of the North. Noah thinks the Inuit have a strange way of looking at the world, plus they eat raw meat and seal blubber. Most have never left George River-a town that doesn't even have its own doctor, let alone a McDonald's. But Noah's views change when he realizes he will have to learn a few lessons from his Inuit buddies if he wants to survive the North.
 

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Noah has recently moved from Montreal to George River, in Quebec's Far North, to spend a school term with his father in the isolated Inuit community. Living in a town of 700 people, with only one road ... Read full review

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Noah's mom thinks he needs to spend some time with his father, who happens to live in the village of George River, in Quebec's Far North. The Arctic landscape, climate and culture are different from ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
7
Chapter Three
17
Chapter Four
25
Chapter Five
38
Chapter Six
46
Chapter Seven
54
Chapter Eight
60
Chapter Sixteen
110
Chapter Seventeen
117
Chapter Eighteen
123
Chapter Nineteen
131
Chapter Twenty
141
Chapter TwentyOne
149
Chapter TwentyTwo
155
Chapter TwentyThree
162

Chapter Nine
66
Chapter Ten
71
Chapter Eleven
81
Chapter Twelve
89
Chapter Thirteen
94
Chapter Fourteen
99
Chapter Fifteen
105
Chapter TwentyFour
167
Chapter TwentyFive
172
Chapter TwentySix
180
Chapter TwentySeven
188
Chapter TwentyEight
195
Glossary
201
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Tarksalik is about forty feet ahead of me, running by the side of the road. I can tell she's got sled-dog blood in her from the way she runs: head high, legs taut.

The sun has just come up, and when it lands on Tarksalik, it looks like she's shining too. For the first time since I found out I'd be spending this term in Nunavik, in northern Quebec, getting reacquainted with my dad, I don't feel one hundred percent miserable. Right now, as I let the fresh cold air fill my lungs, I'd say I'm down to about eighty-five percent miserable.

Maybe, I think as I watch Tarksalik run, this visit won't turn out to be a total disaster. Maybe there's more to life than Montreal.