Little Whale: A Story of the Last Tlingit War Canoe

Roy Peretrovich. Univ. of Alaska, $16.95 trade paper (64p) ISBN 978-1-60223-295-2
Kéet, the 10-year-old son of a Tlingit clan leader on the coast of what is now Alaska, accompanies his father on a sea voyage to another clan’s village in a story based on a real-life journey that Peretrovich’s grandfather took part in as a boy. Early chapters follow Kéet’s efforts to rescue a whale trapped in fishing lines, left by the “unusually pale” strange men who have been appearing in the area, before moving on to the sea excursion, which ends with a celebratory peace ceremony between the clans. Peretrovich includes a wealth of details about Tlingit culture and the community’s ties to the sea in this rousing historical adventure. Ages 8–12. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/01/2016
Release date: 08/01/2016
Genre: Children's
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