Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Napoli , Donna Jo.

New York : Greenwillow Books, 2004
IL 5-8, RL 6.2
ISBN 0060579889
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Uncle Pete promised to take twelve year old  Alvin on a bike trip over spring break, but his overprotective mother wonít let him buy his own mountain bike even after earning over $400 by helping neighbors clean their basements and weed their vegetable gardens. In school, his teacher assigns a report on a famous African American. Alvin is intrigued by Matthew Henson and canít wait to choose him for his report. Later, Alvin decides to run away after his mother has their neighbor Mrs. Keeys, walk him to school because she believes he is getting mixed up with the wrong crowd. He decides to go to the North Pole and find descendants of Matthew Henson. He meets several Inuit people who help him get to  Bylot Island near the  Arctic Circle , where he spends several months with Idlouk Tana learning how to survive the cold Arctic sunless days by baking cookies with Polar Bear fat and eating lemming and walrus stew. (Prepared by: Tambra Pingle, SCASL Junior Book Awards)
SUBJECTS:     Runaways -- Fiction.
                        Inuit -- Fiction.
                        Voyages and travels -- Fiction.
                        Bylot Island (Nunavut) -- Fiction.
                        Eskimos -- Fiction.
                        Canada -- Fiction.
                        Henson, Matthew Alexander, 1866-1955 -- Fiction.
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