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On Thin Ice

(A book in the Ashley Anowiak series)
A novel by

Alberta Children's/Young Adult Book of the Year winner 2007

White Ravens: International Youth Library selection of outstanding books, 2007

ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Honorable Mention - Young Adult Fiction 2006

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007

Ashley Anowiak is in search of a murderous polar bear that may be real or mythical. The only thing for certain is that what she discovers will change her life - and her community's - forever.

In spite of its name, no one in the tiny troubled hamlet of Nanurtalik "the place with polar bears" can remember seeing a polar bear in decades. But when a teenager's dismembered body is discovered on a nearby ice road, everyone fears polar bears have returned. The community is thrown into chaos as another suspected bear attack sparks a flurry of bullets that whiz through the town during a blinding four-day blizzard. Was it a real or phantom bear? No one can say for sure.

Ashley Anowiak is swept into this storm of confusion by her special link with polar bears expressed through the magic of her art and the terror of her dreams. She finds herself on the trail of Nanurluk, a giant bear that has haunted her people for thousands of years.

Ashley's bear hunt leads from the frozen catacombs beneath Itkiqtuqjuaq to the jumbled ice fields covering the Arctic Ocean. As she closes in on the bear, Ashley's inner and outer worlds are torn apart, leaving her desperate for any stability she can find.

This is the story of a gifted northern youth struggling to find her true home in a fast-changing arctic, where culture, climate and landscape seem to be crumbling all around her.


Used availability for Jamie Bastedo's On Thin Ice

Hardback Editions

September 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: On Thin Ice
Author(s): Jamie Bastedo
ISBN: 1-4395-5243-6 / 978-1-4395-5243-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Red Deer Pr
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

April 2006 : Canada Paperback

Title: On Thin Ice
Author(s): Jamie Bastedo
ISBN: 0-88995-337-6 / 978-0-88995-337-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Red Deer Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA