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Travel north—beyond the Arctic Circle—to Barrow, Alaska, and meet the proud Iñupiat people. For thousands of years they have hunted whales on the open sea, but now global climate change threatens their way of life.

The whale hunt is about to begin, and you’re invited to come along! Just as soon as the ice covering the ocean cracks apart, the whales will appear. Set out with the Iñupiats in their bearded-sealskin boats to hunt bowhead whales, and witness a tradition that has been followed for three thousand years. So grab some warm clothes and loosen up your throwing arm—the hunt is on!

Multiple award-winning author Peter Lourie is acclaimed for his environmental science writing. Here he transports young listeners due north to discover a culture completely different from their own and to show them what climate change means for the Iñupiat and us all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lourie presents a serious look at the local intensities of a global problem. This book should find space on library shelves.”

    School Library Journal

  • “[Lourie] introduces the reader to individuals—earth scientists and biologists, whale captains, and a man who straddles both worlds—and ends with a personal vow to change behaviors that may be contributing to global warming.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The juxtaposition of testimony from those who put their faith in scientific data and those who embody generations of experience is valuable, as are Lourie’s…observations on groups who would actually benefit economically from a diminished ice cap.”

    The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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About the Author

Peter Lourie was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in New England, Ontario, Canada, and New York City. He holds a BA in classics from New York University, an MA in English Literature from the University of Maine, and an MFA in nonfiction creative writing from Columbia University. He has taught writing for many years (Middlebury College, Columbia College, University of Vermont), and now makes his living traveling, writing, and photographing. He also visits schools to share his adventures with students and teachers. He lives in Vermont where he is now working on an ongoing NSF-funded digital story-telling project about the Arctic, ArcticStories.net, and a new book for Henry Holt about Jack London and the Klondike gold rush.