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Orphan Ahwak


The author’s biggest achievements in this work are two-fold: her creation of a character who portrays the strength of the human spirit, and her ability to immerse us into a foreign world so completely that we miss it when it’s gone.

Canadian Children’s Book News

Author Raquel Rivera writes with such good description of the characters that you can really relate to them. Even though the plot is exciting, the characters are another reason that keeps the reader turning the pages… I would recommend “Orphan Ahwak” to my friends, just as long as they were prepared for the parts that are hard for animal lovers.

Amazon Reader View by Avery Largent (age 9)

Awards & Honours

Winner QWF Prize for Children’s Literature and Young Adults, 2008; shortlisted Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2009; CCBC Best Books 2008.

Orphan Ahwak is available as an ebook for Kobo, Kindle, NOOK, EPUB or secure PDF format at the following e-tailers: ebooks.com, barnesesandnoble.com, amazon.com, chapters/indigo.ca

Tuk and the Whale

Illustrated by Mary Jane Gerber


Through the eyes and voice of Tuk, a young Inuit boy, readers see, hear and feel the excitement and apprehension that the lost whalers’ arrival engenders… [a] simple, elegant, eloquent tale… Mary Jane Gerber’s delightful pen-and-ink drawings capture moments large and small.

Globe and Mail

... an exceptional job of seamlessly weaving details of her research into a story that reveals the importance of family, teamwork, and tradition. I appreciate the fact that Ms. Rivera does not neatly tie the book up in a pretty little bow. Instead, it foreshadows the serious troubles that befell the native peoples in the boom of the whaling industry.

The Well-Read Child

Awards & Honours

Shortlisted QWF Prize for Children’s Literature and Young Adults, 2008; nominated Silver Birch Express Award, 2009; Resourcelinks ‘Best of 2008’.

Artic Adventure: Tales from the Lives of Inuit Artists

Illustrated by Jirina Marton

Arctic Adventure

The menace of climate change lends an elegiac power to the reading of Arctic Adventures by Montreal author Raquel Rivera. But the book doesn’t need that extra frisson; it’s compelling on its own… Rivera gives us a taste of a vanished way of life, a sense of the unimaginable hardships that shaped these artists’ characters, and a glimpse of the work that grew so organically from their experiences on the land.

Quill & Quire starred review

… beautifully balances stories that document a vanishing way of life, aboriginal art, and information about the Arctic. Children will thoroughly enjoy the stories, and teachers will relish this contribution to the all-too-scarce resources for the curriculum about Canada’s North. It is a little gem.

CM Magazine

Awards & Honours

Nominated Red Cedar Award, 2010; CCBC Best Books for Kids&Teens starred selection, 2008; USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2008; ResourceLinks ‘Best of 2007’; Quill & Quire’s ‘Best of 2007’.

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