The Middle of Everywhere

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Orca Book Publishers, 2009 - Young Adult Fiction - 208 pages
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Noah Thorpe is spending the school term in George River, in Quebec's Far North, where his dad is an English teacher in the Inuit community. Noah's not too keen about living in the middle of nowhere, but getting away from Montreal has one big advantage: he gets a break from the bully at his old school. But Noah learns that problems have a way of following you -- no matter how far you travel. To the Inuit kids, Noah is a qallunaaq, a southerner, 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 goes winter camping and realizes he will have to learn a few lessons from his Inuit buddies if he wants to make it home.

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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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About the author (2009)

Monique Polak teaches English and Humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal and also works as a freelance journalist. Her historical novel, What World Is Left, won the 2009 Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Monique lives in Montreal with her husband, a newspaper man.

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