Children and teenagers experience Canada’s North in a way that adults do not. They have shaped its history, and yet how often are they asked to tell its story? Northern Kids is a collection of tales about the unforgettable young people of the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and remote regions of the western provinces. Based on personal interviews and thorough archival research, each true story is narrated in the voice of a young northerner. Travel along with these kids as they hunt for caribou or hidden gold, mush a dogsled team, climb over the Chilkoot Pass, float down the Yukon River on a homemade raft, and explore the Arctic tundra through every season. While Northern Kids celebrates the independent spirit of young north?erners—their wilderness skills, sense of humour and love of fun—it also takes an unflinching look at their hardships. At the end of each story, a section called “What do we know for sure?” offers the reader detail and historical context. This is the fourth book in the Courageous Kids series, which includes Kidmonton: True Stories of River City Kids, Rocky Mountain Kids, Island Kids, and now Northern Kids. For more about this exciting series, please visit
www. courageouskids. ca.
Linda Goyette is a writer, editor, and journalist with a strong interest in oral history and contemporary storytelling. She has written three books of non-fiction and is the author of three of the four Courageous Kids books: Kidmonton: True Stories of River City Kids; Rocky Mountain Kids, and Northern Kids.
The young people we meet in Northern Kids will win the hearts of their southern counterparts and will help make the North truly part of our heritage. This is a keeper. —Canadian Teacher Magazine
Northern Kids would be enjoyed by both younger and older readers. The stories recognize, respect, and illuminate the worldviews and ways of life presented in the different stories. —Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review
Linda Goyette is interviewed about Northern Kids on the CBC Edmonton Afternoon Show. —Gulf Islands Driftwood
The stories I personally liked best had historical elements and brought some element of history to life. —January Magazine
Goyette's research skills are superb, and it shows. You can tell she has a journalist's background because not only does she bring immediacy to all of the first-person stories, she is also capable of dividing the supplementary and contextual information from the emotions of the first-person accounts by adding her own framing article after the short nonfiction story, which is very effective. —Perogies and Gyoza blog
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