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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (545 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Debby Dahl Edwardson Narrator: Nick Podehl, Amy Rubinate Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Luke knows his I´nupiaq name is full of sounds white people can’t say. He knows he’ll have to leave it behind when he and his brothers are sent to boarding school hundreds of miles from their Arctic village. At Sacred Heart School things are different. Instead of family, there are students — Eskimo, Indian, White — who line up on different sides of the cafeteria like there’s some kind of war going on. And instead of comforting words like tutu and maktak, there’s English. Speaking I´nupiaq — or any native language — is forbidden. And Father Mullen, whose fury is like a force of nature, is ready to slap down those who disobey. Luke struggles to survive at Sacred Heart. But he’s not the only one. There’s smart-aleck Amiq, a daring leader — if he doesn’t self destruct; Chickie, blond and freckled, a different kind of outsider; and small quiet Junior, noticing everything and writing it all down. Each has their own story to tell. But once their separate stories come together, things at Sacred Heart School — and in the wider world — will never be the same. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “[Edwardson’s] beautifully styled prose offers strong descriptions of an isolated world and a mosaic of identities that must be sutured back together after being broken off at the root.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Heart-wrenching. Edwardson’s skillful use of dialogue and her descriptions of rural Alaska as well as boarding-school life invoke a strong sense of empathy and compassion in readers as they experience Luke’s emotions along with him. It is rare that an author can write about a controversial subject such as this without prejudice. Edwardson is to be applauded for her depth of research and her ability to portray all sides of the equation in a fair and balanced manner while still creating a very enjoyable read.”

    School Library Journal

  • A 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/1/2014

    " Story of Alaskan children growing up. Much to learn here. I enjoyed this mainly because its fictional origins are based in fact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Catalina | 12/16/2013

    " good. I loved it. so amazing. In some way its like my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sammyy Malik | 12/12/2013

    " This book starts off a little confusing but then you atrt to understand as everything falls into place. this book has the P.O.V of many different characters and thats what you have to keep up with. other than that, this book is REALLY good!! 5+ stars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura Komos | 11/16/2013

    " Fascinating read for those of us who are very familiar with places and the way of life in Alaska! Historical fiction based on real events that occurred in the early 1960s. "

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