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Neil Christopher

Neil Christopher moved to Resolute Bay, Nunavut, after teachers' college. There he worked as a high school science teacher, helping to develop a community school (in the past students were sent to a residential school in Pond Inlet). During his time in Resolute Bay, Neil fell in love with the North—the landscape, the wildlife, and the culture. It was also in those first years in the North, that Neil was introduced to the rich mythology of the Canadian Inuit. Through the stories and artwork of his high school students, Neil began to take an interest in the oral history of the Arctic.

For the last eight years, Neil has been researching Inuit myths and legends and has used this research to develop publications for children, youth and adults. Currently, Neil works more as an editor for Inhabit Media Inc., but he hopes to continue his collaborative work with Nunavummiut on children’s books.

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Kappianaqtut: Strange Creatures and Fantastic Beings From Inuit Myths and Legends
Artists:
Mike Austin
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;

Each volume in the Kappianaqtut series provides readers with an in-depth academic examination of two mythological creatures from Inuit mythology. The series examines Inuit myths from an ethnographic perspective and fosters discussion on the variations and multiple representations of the myths and creatures in question.

This volume, which explores the giants of the North and the mother of the sea mammals, has been fully revised and updated.

Kappianaqtut represents the first book-length study of Inuit mythological beings written from a Northern perspective.

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The Country of Wolves (PB)
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Artists:
Ramon Perez
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;

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Based on the acclaimed animated film Amaqqut Nunaat, this visually stunning graphic novel takes readers on a mysterious adventure with two brothers who are lost at sea. It begins as an average hunting trip for two young men. But when they find themselves adrift at sea, the only safe haven to be found for miles—a mysterious village filled with the sounds of drum dancing and revelry—turns out to be even more dangerous than the frigid ocean.

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Recommended ages: 12+

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88 pages | 9.00" x 7.00"

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La contrée des loups
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Artists:
Ramon Perez
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

Based on the acclaimed animated film of the same name, this visually stunning graphic novel takes readers on a mysterious adventure with two brothers who are lost at sea. It begins as an average hunting trip for two young men. But when they find themselves adrift at sea, the only safe haven to be found for miles-a mysterious village filled with the sounds of drum dancing and revelry-turns out to be even more dangerous than the frigid ocean.

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The Hidden
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Artists:
Mike Austin
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

Forget fairies and forget vampires! Let yourself be drawn into the dark world of the shape-shifters, ogresses, trolls, and demons of the Canadian Arctic. This collection of field notes meticulously documents the dark side of Inuit legends, complete with hideous monsters and unspeakable deeds. Each creature is brought to life by the stunning illustrations of Mike Austin, a world-renowned tattoo artist.
As the camp prepares to defend itself against the approaching newcomers, Kannujaq and a Tunit shaman boy named Siku discover that the Vikings may have motivations other than murder and warfare at the heart of their quest.

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Ava and the Little Folk
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Alan Neal
Artists:
Jonathan Wright
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3;

The most magical things can come in tiny packages! In the Arctic, tales of tiny people who live on the land abound. This children's story follows the adventures of an orphan named Ava who is left to fend for himself by the adults in his village. One day, cold and alone, Ava stumbles upon a group of magical dwarves who finally show him how it feels to have a home of his own.

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"Christopher, a researcher and publisher of Inuit legends and history, and Neal, a Canadian journalist, team up for a relatively lengthy, original story incorporating traditional Inuit characters and setting. Little Ava is alone and unwanted, an outcast orphan in his Arctic village. One day, he stumbles on a tiny, dwarflike man who takes Ava home to his group of family and friends (including sled dogs the size of squirrels). Ava learns that in this new world, time, size and shape can shift, according to one’s own perceptions and inner strength. He proves himself a worthy hunter, accepts the love and respect of his new family, and finds that he is now the same size as the tiny people, the Inugarulligaarjuit. Dreamy watercolor illustrations in muted tones show Ava’s growth from a cowering child to a brave and strong boy who can fight a lemming or a bear. The story is long for the picture-book format, but children who enjoy fairy and folk tales will find the story of Ava an unusual and compelling one. (author’s note, glossary, pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 6-9)" - Kirkus Review

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32 pages | 8.50" x 8.50"

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Chroniques de l'Amautalik: ogresse de la mythologie
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Artists:
Larry MacDougall
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5;

In this colourful, illustrated children’s book, the dreaded amautalik haunts two Inuit communities, terrifying five young but resourceful children. With luck, courage, and the knowledge of their ancestors, these young adventurers are able to face one of the most frightening beings to roam the Arctic. Listen well, young ones, for the information in these stories might just save YOU one day!

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36 pages | 9.00" x 7.00"

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Mia and the Monsters: Staying Warm in the Winter (English/Inuktitut)
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Artists:
Sigmundur Thorgeirsson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool;

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Bilingual: English and Inuktitut

This is an Arvaaq Book. Books in this series are intended for infants and very young children and are designed to help children develop physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language skills. 

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16 pages | 8.50" x 8.50"

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Nunavummi Reading Series Big Book: On the Shoulder of a Giant
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Artists:
Jim Nelson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 2;

A friendly giant comes across a little hunter on the tundra and adopts him as his son! From the shoulder of one of the biggest giants to ever roam the Arctic, this hunter experiences the world from Inukpak's perspective.

This big book can be shared with a classroom to teach students a traditional Inuit story that has been shared in the Arctic for generations.

Educator Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. On the Shoulder of a Giant is a Level 11 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. On the Shoulder of a Giant's F&P Level is N.

This is a Big Book. Its large print and colourful, large images make it ideal for read-alouds and shared readings.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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32 pages | 18.00" x 14.40"

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Siku and Kamik Go to School
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Artists:
Andrew Trabbold
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1;

Siku and Kamik are good dogs. They want to go to school just like you!

With this fun book, children will be encouraged to follow a simple story with the help of supportive illustrations.

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This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. Siku and Kamik Go to School is a Level 6 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. Siku and Kamik Go to School's F&P Level is E.

Recommended for ages 4-6.

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12 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

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Nunavummi Reading Series: The Amautalik and the Orphan
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Artists:
James L. Nelson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

Read about an ogress of the Arctic!

Based on an Inuit traditional story, this book tells the tale of a brave and quick-thinking orphan and his encounter with a strange Arctic ogress.

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This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic.  It is a Level 8-11 book in the series. 

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System.  This book's F&P Level is N.

Curriculum Connections: Language and literacy; Diversity; Indigenous perspectives; Heritage.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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36 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

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On the Shoulder of a Giant
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Artists:
Jim Nelson
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 2;

This pan-Arctic Inuit legend, which tells the story of a friendly giant, is lightheartedly retold, featuring sweeping illustrations.

Inukpak was big, even for a giant. He loved to walk across the tundra, striding over the widest rivers and wading through the deepest lakes. He could walk across the Arctic in just a few days.

But being so big, and travelling so far, Inukpak was often alone. Until one day when he came across a little hunter on the tundra. Thinking that the hunter was a little boy alone on the land, Inukpak decided to adopt him. And so, from the shoulder of one of the biggest giants to ever roam the Arctic, this hunter experiences the world from Inukpak's perspective.

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This big book can be shared with a classroom to teach students a traditional Inuit story that has been shared in the Arctic for generations.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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40 pages | 10.00" x 8.00"

This book is also available as a part of the Nunavummi Reading Series in a Big Book format.

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Série de lecture Nunavummi: Les propriétés des matériaux
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1;

Ce livre explore les caractéristiques variées de divers objets (dur, mou, lourd, léger, etc.).

Il introduit les lecteurs aux adjectifs descriptifs simples et se veut une belle façon d’intégrer l’apprentissage des sciences à celui de la littératie.

This book explores different objects and their varying characteristics (hard, soft, heavy, light, etc.).

It introduces readers to simple descriptive adjectives and is a great way to bring science learning and literacy learning together.

Educator Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. Les propriétés des matériaux is a Level 5 book in the series.

Recommended for ages 3-5.

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12 pages | 6.00" x 8.00"

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Stories of the Amautalik: Fantastic Beings from Inuit Myths and Legends
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5;

In this colourful, illustrated children’s book, the dreaded amautalik haunts two Inuit communities, terrifying five young but resourceful children. With luck, courage, and the knowledge of their ancestors, these young adventurers are able to face one of the most frightening beings to roam the Arctic. Listen well, young ones, for the information in these stories might just save YOU one day!

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$14.95

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The Dreaded Ogress of the Tundra
Artists:
Larry MacDougall
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

This revised edition, originally published as Stories of the Amautalik, shares two spinetingling tales of the dreaded ogress of the tundra, a creature that carries away unsuspecting children on her back!

New illustration in this edition bring the Amautalik to life in even greater, creepier detail than the original. Revised text and additional content make this new edition a must-buy for young readers who are intrigued with the dark and dreaded beings of Inuit mythology!

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Those That Cause Fear
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4;

This book introduces kids to the spine—tingling, hair—raising creatures found in Inuit myths. From the mahahaa, a fearsome creature that tickles people to death to the palraiyuk, a reptilian creature said to have six legs and the body of a snake.

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