After their parents die, Toughboy and Sister find a home with Natasha, the oldest woman in their Alaskan village. When winter comes, she takes them out of school to her trapping camp, where they learn to live off the land as their ancestors did. Then Natasha’s friend Nelson comes to visit – and is so badly injured that Natasha must leave camp to get help. The temperature drops to fifty degrees below zero, and no one knows when Natasha will return. Can Toughboy and Sister keep Nelson – and themselves – alive?
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American Bookseller Pick of the Lists 1993
BerlinSenat Commissioner for Foreigners’ Affairs Award for Children’s Literature for Indianerwinter.1997:
Eulogy from Presentation speech: There are books which immediately speak to our senses, so that we not only read them, but also smell, taste, feel and hear them…such a book is Wintercamp…those who read the book can hear the silence of the solitary winter landscape of Alaska, can smell the dry snow that crunches under the shoes, can feel the freezing cold invading the small hut through all the gaps…Of course the events described do not have much in common with the everyday life of young readers in Europe but this probably increases the appeal of the book and may stimulate the reader to learn, because the message of the author is also instructive, but in an unobtrusive way.