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Northwest Territories

1thornton37814
Ago 18, 2009, 10:54am

This is a thread for listing and discussing books with a Northwest Territories setting.

2Nickelini
Ago 18, 2009, 9:55pm

I recommend Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay. She does a good job of capturing the feeling of the North.

3starfishian
Ago 18, 2009, 11:11pm

A gruesome historical thriller, The Terror makes a great, chilly beach read.

4Bcteagirl
Editado: Sep 21, 2010, 5:29pm

Ok, by the Mowat book map that was in once of his books I can see that:
Tundra and Coppermine Journey are set in the NWT.

Although they are on the NWT/Nunavut border (By my best estimation using his map) possibly Lost in the Barrens may be in NWT. It is however on the border, so hard to tell without reading them.

5fmgee
Editado: Sep 21, 2010, 11:07am

I am part way into People of the Deer and it falls under Nunavut. See the map below


View People of the Deer in a larger map

Interesting about Tundra and Coppermine Journey I think these are two of Mowat's books I have not come across yet. I will have to keep my eye out as I was not sure what I was going to do about NWT.

6Bcteagirl
Sep 21, 2010, 5:30pm

Made the correction, thank you Fmgee! Will have to to in and change it in the Nunvut thread too :P

7vancouverdeb
Oct 28, 2010, 6:29am

High Latitudes:An Arctic Journey by Farely Mowat takes place in both Nunavut and the NWT - as well as in the Yukon - but mainly in the first two. Since the book comes with a Map - it is easy to see where Farley Mowat's travels take place.

8Nickelini
Oct 28, 2010, 10:55am

Interesting review, Deb!

9vancouverdeb
Oct 28, 2010, 10:42pm

Thanks Nickelini. If only I had a dictionary so that I could spell. Well, I do, but I'll go back later and correct my errors.

10VivienneR
Oct 29, 2010, 2:29am

Yes, good review. I gave it thumb #2.

11LibraryCin
Feb 3, 2014, 9:52pm

There's still a number of Farley Mowat books I haven't read, so I'm sure I'll pick one for both NWT and one for Nunavut.

12LibraryCin
Jun 16, 2017, 11:40pm

This one doesn't specify Northwest Territories, just Northern Canada, but I'm considering it Northwest Territories.

The River / Gary Paulsen
4 stars

In the first book, 13-year old Brian survived in the woods by himself for almost 2 months. A couple of years later, he is asked to go back to the woods, along with a psychologist, to show how he survived the first time so those skills can be taught to others. Unfortunately, things go wrong when they get out there, and Brian needs to save not only himself, but the psychologist, as well.

I really enjoyed this. Ok, not a realistic scenario, but the book was still entertaining. I listened to the audio, which was well done. I just wish it had been a little longer – it was over so fast! Despite being short, it is fast-paced (which maybe made it feel shorter, still!).

13thornton37814
Jun 17, 2017, 9:06pm

>12 LibraryCin: I loved that book when I read it years ago.

14LibraryCin
Jun 18, 2017, 1:04am

>13 thornton37814: I also really enjoyed Hatchet! And I do plan to continue the series.

15LibraryCin
Mayo 11, 2019, 3:25pm

Brian's Winter / Gary Paulsen
3.5 stars

In “Hatchet”, 13(?)-year old Brian is stranded in the Canadian North after a plane crash. What if winter had come and he was still there? This looks at Brian trying to survive the winter on his own.

I listened to the audio and enjoyed it. It looks like I rated the first two books 4 stars each, but on thinking back, I feel like “Hatchet” should have been 4 stars and “The River” probably 3.5, same as this one. In any case, it was interesting to see the kinds of things Brian had to do/learn in order to survive over the winter.

16gypsysmom
Sep 27, 2020, 5:21pm

The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp
4.5 stars

This was Van Camp's first novel written when he was just 19 and taking creative writing in Victoria. It is a coming-of-age novel about a Dogrib boy in high school with a tragic past. Although the setting is a fictional town Van Camp grew up in Fort Smith NWT and the book draws on his and his friends' experiences. Gritty and dark but realistic and in the end hopeful. It was published in 1996 but the edition I read was the 20th anniversary edition which included two of Van Camp's short stories that feature characters from the novel.