Debra Vanasse A Distant Enemy

ISBN 13: 9780140386707

A Distant Enemy

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Joseph just wants to continue the traditions of the Yup'ik people. So when outside officials restrict fishing in his Alaskan village, he commits an anonymous act of vandalism in protest. But his new teacher finds out his secret. To make things worse, Joseph's father, who left years ago, wants to see him again. Joseph isn't sure who he can trust, but if he doesn't trust someone, he's headed for disaster.

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About the Author:

At age twenty-one, Deb Vanasse was dropped by a bush pilot on a gravel runway in middle of the Alaska wilderness. No roads, no houses, no cars, no people—only a winding brown slough and tundra spread flat as prairie. She had come not for adventure but to live, an isolating but enriching experience that inspired this novel. Between her mountain home and glacier-based cabin, she continues to enjoy Alaska’s wild places. The author of more than a dozen books for readers of all ages, she is co-founder of the 49 Alaska Writing Center.

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Grade 5-8. A good adventure novel about a Yup'ik Eskimo/Caucasian teenager in a small Alaskan bush village. Joseph is forced to deal with growing up; restrictions from "outside" influences, such as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game; a long-absent Anglo father; and the difficulties of the clash of cultures. The boy holds to the "old ways," as portrayed through his close relationship with his Ap'a, his grandfather, and lashes out at the kass'aq or the "white man's" world of his absent father. As a result of his anger, Joseph creates hardship for himself, his friends, and his family, and it takes a brush with death for him to come to grips with his all-consuming rage. An understanding kass'aq teacher bears the brunt of much of the teen's anger, yet ultimately, Mr. Townsend provides the deliverance Joseph so desperately needs. The ending is a bit too pat, but Vanasse is right on target in her depiction of existence in a contemporary Alaskan village and her descriptions of the tundra are lovingly drawn. Joseph may be wise beyond his 14 years, but the issues raised here are current and valid. Students wanting to know more about this Alaskan Native culture and the issues facing Native People today would do well to read this first offering from a former bush teacher and Fairbanks resident.?Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
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