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Eleven-year-old Toughboy and his younger sister must survive the harsh Alaskan winter at a friend's winter trapping camp. Sequel to Toughboy and Sister.....

Title : Winter Camp
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ISBN : 9780689505881
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Winter Camp Reviews

  • Gilbert Saller
    2019-03-27 11:22

    Good stories are about someone struggling. The term that is most often used to describe the struggle in fiction is “conflict”. I've learned to like the word “struggle” better, because the idea of it infers that the main character is active. Winter Camp had little to no struggle. Sure there were some minor things - trouble learning the “old ways”, and a child falling into a river that lasted about a paragraph and implied no danger. Oh yeah, and then what was supposed to be the climax - the miner, Nelson, gets attacked by a moose. Well, not really. The moose scrapes him with it’s antlers a bit, and then is easily frightened back into the woods from whence it came. And by the time this “conflict” appears, the story is almost over. For most of the book I was thinking “Okay... what’s going to make this interesting? Where’s the struggle?" I was surprised when, what was supposed to be the climax, finally arrived, how few pages were left - I was more than halfway through the book! Also, it's told, not shown. Not even (which I think suits fiction the best) a balance of telling and showing. It could have been far longer as well as more interesting, if the author had taken the time to show what happened - the struggles the folks of “the old days” faced to survive; fleshed out the characters, rather than making the omniscient narrating voice tell you how each character is feeling and how they appear and feel and what they notice. Some examples that stood out to me: “She didn’t know why she always thought differently from anyone she knew.” or “He was hurt or he would have been back.” and “It happened so quickly that no one could think of anything to do.” or “Sister didn’t say anything. But she was beginning to like this old man a lot.” I don’t believe that's even grammatically correct! Last example: a small scene, to avoid going on and on, which I could easily do… “‘Did you ever take him with you when you checked the traps?’ asked Nelson. ‘No, Natasha said you shouldn’t have dog-smell on your trapline trail. She was afraid he’d try to steal the bait, too. And get caught.’ As soon as Toughboy said those words they knew that was what had happened. Mutt was caught in a trap. He might have frozen to death by now.” And just like that, suspense has been shot. A story can’t be completely shown - that would be a mistake too - but this is the tone that the entire book is written in. I won’t get started on the character descriptions or adverbs. Or the many awkward sentences and word choices. And - ugh! - all those “suddenly”s as the action began to rise just about drove me bananas. The ending was rushed, over-told, and it was as if the author was writing, expecting you had been greatly intrigued by the story and attached to the characters up to now. About the only thing I liked, so much so that I almost gave Winter Camp two stars, was the simplicity of some of the story elements, the homelike and occasionally well described scenery of the Alaskan mountains, and the Native American history and language scattered in and out. But to conclude, I hate to pick on a lesser known book. But then, it’s not surprising to me that it’s lesser known. This isn’t a book I’ll read again or recommend on a whim, and I’m certainly not interested in it’s prequel. Sorry. Avoid.

  • Kyle Pratt
    2019-03-09 07:34

    I have just finished my first year teaching 4th through 6th grade students in a remote Eskimo village. Earlier in the year we had read Toughboy and Sister and toward the end of the year we finished the sequel, Winter Camp. As we read both stories I asked the students if the descriptions or events about nearby Athabascan Native Americans sounded true to them. Invariably they said, "yes."The two novels focus on a brother and sister, known in their village as Toughboy and sister. After their Father dies they live two come to live with their Aunt Natasha. Natasha longs for the old ways and is unwilling to change. She finds the children soft and suddenly takes them out of school and flies out to cabin in the bush. The children come to admire the survival knowledge and stamina of the Aunt, but question the value of many of the old beliefs. This book explores some basic conflicts; children set against nature, and tradition versus technology.According to the publisher's website the author, Kirkpatrick Hill, still lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. She taught elementary school in "bush" Alaska for more than thirty years.Both Toughboy and Sister and Winter Camp are written in a limited omnipresent point of view. We frequently jump from the mind of Toughboy to his sister and back. The story is often told in narrative format and while well written is at times uneven.Recommendation: If you are a teenage reader and want a taste of what life is still like for many in the remote parts of Alaska, I recommend both Toughboy and Sister and Winter Camp.

  • Gale
    2019-03-10 09:28

    “Education in the Old Ways” Orphaned siblings John and Annie Laurie—better known as Toughboy and Sister—are taken in by a feisty old neighbor lady, who promptly immerses them in the lore and taboos of her now vanished Native American people. Privately scorning her countless taboos as superstitious nonsense the kids experience the challenge and real dangers of outdoor survival in Alaska’s bitter winter.At 11 and 9 the siblings will come of age in the frigid Alaskan woods—questioning the value of Old Ways versus the advantages of more modern (1970’s) civilization. One wonders how many more years the old winter camp will have—for Natasha, herself, for that matter. But trapping for furs is in her blood and bones; she is eager to teach all she has learned from generations of Indians to these reluctant siblings. But will they ultimately appreciate her no-nonsense instruction? Or reconcile the old-fashioned past with the modern present? With its short sentences and simple syntax this book proves interesting reading for elementary students. The hints about survival in prolonged winter wilderness provide valuable information for adults and kids alike.April 15, 2017

  • Laura Verret
    2019-03-24 07:24

    When Natasha announces her intention to visit her trapping camp out in the middle of nowhere, Toughboy and Sister aren’t sure what to think. Sure, they’ve lived with Natasha ever since their parents died, but she’s just the littlest bit crazy sometimes, and besides, missing school all winter seems drastic.The children slowly warm up to the idea and decide that perhaps it isn’t such a bad one. Not that they ever really had a choice; they were going whether they wanted to or not. But now, they will learn the ways of the old people, the ones who had to live before the modern conveniences of stores and canned goods came around. Will they be able to stand the elements? Will they bravely meet this test and work together for the sake of staying alive?Cautions.Winter Camp presented a very harsh life style, and while not gratuitously violent, recorded enough grotesque incidents to give this hardened Henty reader a few shivers. These incidents included (but are not limited to) a description of how Natasha's little brother died (by falling into a boiling pot), the time her mother killed a grouse and tried to make Natasha eat the *STILL WARM* intestines, and how her family would sometimes eat blood soup.Natasha is a trapper and makes Sister come with her on several occasions. The descriptions of the captured animals are pitiable - the blood, the pain, the mangled fur and crushed bones. Ugh.Natasha is a very superstitious woman who studiously avoids that which is hutlanee. Hutlanee is bad luck, basically, but most of it is associated with Indian religion. She also believes in ghosts and their desire to abduct the living into the land of the dead.Conclusion. Winter Camp presents courageous characters, yet, due to the violence and superstition, I do not recommend it.Visit The Blithering Bookster to read the rest of my review!

  • Wendy
    2019-03-21 08:44

    ETA: delighted to find this positive review from someone who is a cultural insider. Hill's books seem to be well-received by Alaska Native and Inuit educators. loving Bo at Ballard Creek I read the descriptions of Kirkpatrick Hill's other books and thought they all sounded kind of the same, so I didn't really look for them--but this one crossed my path and I'm so glad. This is a truly delightful story with realistic, lovable characters--two orphans and two cranky elderly people. I wish I had known this author sooner, but I'm glad she's getting wider recognition now.

  • Shanna_redwind
    2019-03-19 09:21

    The book was interesting and full of details about living in the far North.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-03-07 03:37

    Two orphans survive the winter at a friend's camp in Alaska.

  • Kati
    2019-03-04 10:21

    The first book I've read by Kirkpatrick Hill (thought I've known her and known about her books for several years now). It's apparently NOT the first "Toughboy & Sister" story, but it's the first one I've read, and I appreciated reading about the characters lives during this one winter, as they learn more about their ancestry, their "old ways", and as they cope with life after losing their parents. I think I'll be looking at the library to see what other books we've got about these characters, and reading more about their lives.

  • Melba
    2019-03-01 04:28

    This is the book I just finished, and it was as good as the other two that was about these characters. I hadn't heard of these books before a homeschooling friend told me about one of them she used, but now I am so glad I read the three I did. I would love to read more by this author, so I will searching for more from her.

  • Bao
    2019-03-25 05:39

    I have finished reading the Winter Camp by Kirkpatrick Hill, which is a nonfiction book. The main theme of the book is how the old ways and the new ways has related. Winter Camp is about a story of a boy and his little sister. A boy name Toughboy and his little sisters name is Sister. After their parents die, Toughboy and Sister have to live with Natasha, the oldest woman in their Alaskan Village. When winter comes, Natasha takes them out of school to her trapping camp, where they learn to live off land as their ancestors did. At trapping camp, Natasha shows them a lot of different helpful way to live off land. For example: How to keep warm by wearing right clothes, how to trap, how to make fire, how to cook, and how to find the woods in the cold and wet weather under fifty degrees below zero. It is an interesting story because the book is also showing us how to live off land and helps us to learn how to do stuffs in the winter. The book is very good and my favorite character is Sister because the book, Sister knows how to do the chores and she help around a lot but she was only nine years old. Toughboy also helping around too, he cuts off the big trees to make woods ready for the cold night. Sometime he had to wake up in the middle of the night to put more wood in the stove to keep the room warm.I would recommend this book to anyone because I think everybody will like this kind of book. I said this because I think we all like winter and in one year we only have three months of winter so I think everyone is enjoying it. If you like Snow Bear and I think you will like Winter Camp because in Winter Camp and Snow Bear, they are took place in winter with snow. Winter Camp is a nonfiction book and the main theme in Winter Camp is how the old ways and the new ways has related. The book was great and my favorite character is Sister and also Toughboy too. I would recommend this book to anyone because I think everyone like winter and snow.

  • Jamie
    2019-03-26 04:29

    I wish I'd read the first book, Toughboy and Sister, before I'd read this. It made it a little awkward getting into the book and understanding the characters. Once I got into it, things went quickly. Sure made me feel like a wimp complaining about our "cold" weather yesterday, though.

  • Tracie
    2019-03-09 10:41

    This is the story of two Alaskan orphan children being raised by an older woman who thinks more of the old ways than the new. She decides to teach the two more of the ways of their ancestors by taking them to hunt trap lines at her old winter camp. The story touches on some of the problems in this society in transition such as alcoholism but concentrates on survival in the harsh Alaskan environment. The characters are too distant to get to know well, but I did root for them and was satisfied with the outcome.

  • Jennybeast
    2019-03-04 07:30

    Still really enjoying the works of Kirkpatrick Hill -- great kids adventures in the Alaska wilderness. Survival, kindness, and the challenges of growing up in a harsh environment, caught between the old ways and the new. Continuing adventures of Toughboy and Sister (from a previous book), but both can stand alone.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-03 08:37

    Not as good as Year with Miss Agnes, but still an interesting glimpse of life in 1950s Alaska. A simple to read story appropriate for 8 to 12 year old readers about two children and their survival at a winter trapping cabin. Might be a good introduction for Nathan into the survival story genre, before the more involved books of Gary Paulsen and Jean Craighead George.

  • Rita
    2019-03-14 03:42

    This sequel to Toughboy and Sister by Kirkpatrick Hill is a short read but in interesting one. Again students would learn a lot about living in Alaska and surviving there. A good classroom read with follow-up writing assigned.

  • Jane
    2019-03-20 06:38

    Good survial story that pits two young teens against nature and old cultural ways against new technology. Brother and sister must survive back country Alaska during a winter storm while their traditional old Aunt takes sled dog team for help.

  • Cws
    2019-02-28 10:29


  • Kate atkinson
    2019-03-27 10:20

    this was good. kind of slow at the beginning and then it got good.

  • Nicolette
    2019-02-28 08:25

    loved it!!!!!!!!