Today, we’re giving away 5 copies of Inukshuk, by Gregory Spatz!
Inukshuk is a novel that contains two gripping stories in one. It’s primarily the story of John Franklin and his son, Thomas. Thomas is lonely and missing his mother, after she leaves, and he and his dad move to a new town. To fill the time, he learns about another John Franklin, the arctic explorer, and becomes increasingly obsessed with his story. Told over the course of a few days, the story moves back and forth between Thomas and his father in the present day, and the Franklin crew’s harrowing, Victorian-era ordeal.
Inukshuk belongs on the shelves of any good literature collection. It will appeal to guys, with its father-son story—and most especially teen boys, who will identify with Thomas. Readers captivated by the adventure stories of Sebastian Junger and Jon Krakauer and the novels of Jack London, Dan Simmons, Andrea Barrett, and Seth Kantner will also find a lot to love.
But we’re not the only ones who think Inukshuk is great! Here are some rave reviews from names you’ll recognize:
“Inukshuk lyrically explores how we navigate the choppy waters of painful changes, and the lengths we will go to avoid both problems and the people who can offer real healing. A thoughtful and sympathetic look at the sometimes troubled relationship between fathers and sons. —Booklist
“At its heart Inukshuk is about family. But Spatz has transfigured this beautifully told, wise story with history and myth, poetry and magic into something rarer, stranger and altogether amazing. A book that points unerringly true north.” —KAREN JOY FOWLER, author of The Jane Austen Book Club and Wit’s End
“Hauntingly honest and emotionally resonant.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Gregory Spatz’s prose is as clean and sparkling as a new fall of snow.” —JANET FITCH, author of White Oleander and Paint it Black
“An elaborate tale of family and the paths people take to understanding.” —Seattle Times
Interested? We’re giving away five copies of Inukshuk this week. Each copy will come with a postcard, signed, and with a personal message from the author.
To enter, simply pick one of two methods:
- Tweet about the book. Please remember to use the title, and copy us in with our Twitter handle, @dailypretzel.
- Comment below about Inukshuk—what draws you to tales of teenage obsession and/ or arctic adventure?
This contest is open only to librarians and librarian bloggers.
Good luck and happy reading!