A hostile environment, a vanished way of life . . . Nik wants to become a great hunter like his father and his older brother Sitok—but neither one has taken time to teach him. When his parents go missing in a flash flood, the priority becomes an inland search as soon as winter snow on the tundra can support their dog sled. But then a new problem arises when strange visitors arrive from the far south and Nik and his family become responsible for their welfare. After Sitok is injured following an attack from a polar bear, Nik must struggle to somehow find food for seven people, among them his beloved Grandmother Kiti and his new friend Pah-nee. Arctic Circles is an adventure—historical fiction set in a real place at a real time with real people who, sadly, no longer exist. Praise for Arctic Circles: “Here we have exciting adventures in a historical and cross-cultural novel! Phyl Manning has done her homework . . . and obviously understands a good deal about people besides!”—Roy Erford With characters that walk off the page, Manning weaves her reader into the icy fabric of the Arctic.”—Chicki Mallan, Travel Writer & Author (Moon Handbooks)
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Originally from Nebraska, author Phyl Manning worked as an educator while living overseas much of her adult life—the West Pacific, Southeast Asia, Europe—and has traveled to large extent along “paths not often taken.” Focused on the traditional Inupiat in conjunction with doctoral studies in Anthropology, she was determined to give these remarkable people literary breath, thought, and action after her scholarly writing was concluded. Ms. Manning presently lives in New Hampshire.
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