Orphan Ahwak

Orphan Ahwak

A review of Orphan Ahwak by Raquel Rivera

Published on October 1, 2007

Orphan Ahwak
Raquel Rivera

Orca Book Publishers
$8.95
paper
138pp
978-1-55143-653-1

Orphan Ahwak is the tale of Aneze, a First Nations girl who survives the brutal raid of her family’s camp by an enemy tribe. Wounded and orphaned, Aneze is determined to become a hunter and take care of herself.

Episodes in her life are compellingly described by Rivera, whose readings on the Dene, Chippewa, and Inuit make for an imaginative reconstruction of a girl’s nomadic hunting life 300 years before the natives came into contact with European traders. This is a fine and often gripping story. While some of the early scenes may be uncomfortable for sensitive readers, most will be drawn in as Aneze struggles for survival, independence, and belonging.

For ages 9-13. mRb

Annie Murray is a Montreal librarian.

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