Edge of Nowhere by John E. Smelcer
  

Edge of Nowhere

Written by John E. Smelcer

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This is an astonishing tale of survival 'with more psychological depth than Robinson Crusoe*'; very poignant and based on true events. It delves deeper into its themes of survival and endurance than his previous novel The Great Death and delivers a stark and profound tale. The spare and evocative writing pays a great respect to the immense power of the elements and offers a fascinating insight into the lives of indigenous Alaskan Natives.

* Quote from Frank McCourt

Synopsis

Edge of Nowhere by John E. Smelcer

Seth is a typical teenager overweight from not getting enough exercise. One night he and his dog, Tucker, are washed overboard from his father's fishing boat during a torrential storm in the Gulf of Alaska. Although a rescue search goes on for days, the two are assumed drowned. But by good fortune, Seth and his dog make it safely to one of the hundreds of islands that line the coastline there. Over many months, the boy and his companion make their way, island by island, towards home, while Seth's desperate father never gives up hope. Along the way, Seth learns many hard lessons about survival and even harder lessons about himself.

Reviews

With more psychological depth than Robinson Crusoe. -- Frank McCourt Excellent...delves deeper into its themes of survival and endurance than his previous novel The Great Death, delivering a stark and profound tale. The spare and evocative writing pays a great respect to the immense power of the elements and offers a fascinating insight into the lives of indigenous Alaskan Natives. The Bookseller This is a tale of triumph in the face of adversity. Nail-biting Ray Mears style tale of survival set in the wilds of Alaska. -- Ruth Ng The Bookbag A short, powerful and highly readable novella that grips you tight and doesn't let you go. -- Lindsey Stainer The Bookseller, Children's Buyers Guide An epic story inspired by a sense of wonder and respect for the natural world. The School Librarian

About the Author

John E. Smelcer

John E. Smelcer was born in 1963, and is of Ahtna Athabaskan Indian descent. Currently the Executive Director of the Ahtna Tribe's Heritage Foundation, he has held visiting professorships at universities around the world. He earned a doctorate in comparative literature in 1993 and a masters degree in literature and humanities in 1991. He is faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

His work appears in numerous international anthologies by the likes of Random House, Dover, and American Indian Press. In 1994 he edited Durable Breath: Contemporary Native American Poetry (Salmon Run & American Indian Press). His poems have appeared in such periodicals as The Atlantic Monthly, and he is poetry editor at Rosebud, among the nation's most prestigious quarterlies of poetry and fiction.

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Format

Paperback
208 pages
Interest Age: From 12

Author

John E. Smelcer
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Publisher

Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th August 2010

ISBN

9781849391962

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Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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