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Between Two Worlds by Katherine Kirkpatrick

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On the treeless shores of Itta, Greenland, as far north as humans can settle, sixteen-year-old Inuit Billy Bah spots a ship far out among the icebergs on the bay--a sight both welcome and feared. Explorers have already left their indelible mark on her land and its people, and a ship full of white men can mean trouble. 
   The ship carries provisions for Robert E. Peary, who is making an expidition to the North Pole. As a child, Billy Bah spent a year in America with Peary's family. When her parents went to America years later, they died in a tragic scandal. Now, Peary's wife, daughter, and crew are in Itta to bring him supplies. Winter comes on fast, and when the ship gets caught in the ice, Billy Bah sets out to find Peary. The journey will imperil her life, and that of the man she loves.
   By turns lyrical and gripping, Between Two Worlds is an impassioned coming-of-age novel set in a land of breathtaking beauty and danger, where nature and love are powerful and unpredictable forces.

Goodreads Summary

The main character's voice is this novel's greatest strength.  She was endearingly honest, even to a fault, when it came to hard topics.  This book discusses the sale of wives to other men, the tensions between the natives and immigrants, etc...  Billy Bah was an intriguing character with a strong voice.  The reader will come to respect her and want her opinion.  She goes between America and her home in Greenland.  The struggle she experiences as someone different in an unfamiliar world and someone who has been elsewhere in her homeland are interesting.  The reader will feel sad with the character when she loses her parents and be as happy as she is when she is in Greenland.  I loved the imagery presented in the novel and how detailed the author was with the settings.  It's hard to describe this book without giving too much away, but the reader is guaranteed an fast-paced and well-researched read.  This book is recommended for teen/young adult readers.

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  1. Thanks for the great review! --Katherine Kirkpatrick

  1. bn100 said...:

    The main character sounds interesting