Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Under The Ice by Rachel A. Qitsualik

Under the IceKeep in mind that a one star rating is personal. One star simply means that I did not personally like it. It does NOT mean that the author's book is badly written.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this, it just looked like a cute little arctic fairy tale. But it's of the dark, scary Brothers Grimm variety and would give me nightmares as a child for sure.

The story starts off with a little boy playing with ice chunks and banging them around. He irritates his Grandmother and she makes the passing remark, "I wish the qallupilug would take you away forever". Well, be careful what you wish for because this is exactly what happens. What follows is a mass effort to retrieve the boy from the qallupilug's lair under the ice....only the boy refuses to be rescued. Eventually, some hunters cunningly capture him and instead of returning him to his family, they keep him. He never returns home.

What...exactly..do we want kids to take from this?

*I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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