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category: Children's Fiction
published: Jan 2002
ISBN:9781550508536
publisher: Coteau Books

Andrei and the Snow Walker

by Larry Warwaruk

tagged: emigration & immigration, native canadian, fantasy & magic
Description

Andrei and his family leave Ukraine for a homestead near Batoche, Saskatchewan, in the spring of 1900. Andrei's grandfather brings with them an ancient Scythian bowl an old hermit gave him - a strange, glowing bowl which may have magical power.

Andrei has never worked so hard, helping to build a home, breaking land, learning to hunt with two Metis friends, Gabriel and Chi Pete. They tell him about Snow Walker, a man of unusual powers and wisdom - a man some say can change into a bear. Sometimes, in the woods, Andrei thinks he sees a figure moving through the trees.

Near Christmas, Andrei is caught in a swirling blizzard while trying to use the strange bowl's magic to help his family. When he falls through river ice, he sees that not only can't the magic bowl save him, he must let it go to have a chance. Suddenly, someone strong pulls him from the river. In a cabin in the woods, Andrei at last meets Snow Walker and learns that this land has its own wisdom and power.

About the Author

Larry Warwaruk

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 11
Grade:
4 to 6
Awards
  • Short-listed, Kobsar Canadian Literary Award
Editorial Review

Outlook writer Larry Warwaruk, the author of two adult novels and one non-fiction book, has turned his attention to a younger audience with his new novel Andrei and the Snow Walker.

Andrei is a 12-year-old boy who immigrates to Canada from Ukraine in the spring of 1900 with his parents, an older sister, and his grandfather. The grandfather has an ancient Scythian bowl with links to his Cossack ancestors. Though the rest of the family scoffs at the idea, Andrei and his grandfather are convinced the bowl has magical power.

They all work hard to make a home on their land near Batoche. Their Métis neighbours help them get used to new ways in the new land, and another neighbour, a man from their home province in Ukraine, lends them a cow and gives Andrei a new puppy.

Andrei’s new Métis friends Gabriel and Chi Pete tell him stories about Snow Walker, a mythical figure with special powers who is said to inhabit the forest near their homestead.

The family manages to get a house and a barn built before winter hits, but a blizzard strikes while Andrei is out looking for the spot where his grandfather buried the Scythian bowl. He thinks he’s going to die when he falls through the ice on the river, but a mysterious figure pulls him out of the freezing water and gets him to a warm cabin.

This is good adventure tale with a bit of history thrown in. it is intended for readers nine and up.

— Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

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Librarian review

Andrei and the Snow Walker

Andrei and his family leave Ukraine for a homestead near Batoche, Saskatchewan, in 1900. Andrei has never worked so hard, helping to build a home, breaking land, learning to hunt with two Metis friends, Gabriel and Chi Pete. They tell him about Snow Walker, a man of unusual powers and wisdom - a man some say can change into a bear. And sometimes, in the woods, Andrei thinks he sees a figure moving... Brovko's Amazing Journey by Larry Warwaruk Author available for classroom visits @larrywarwaruk

Determination and perseverance are the central themes of this novel about a young immigrant’s experience in rural Saskatchewan in the early twentieth century. Students who enjoy reading stories about horses will be captivated by Andrei’s dream of owning a colt and becoming a great horseman like his grandfather. This novel provides insights into the Métis culture and ancestral wisdom.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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