No Borders

Darla Evyagotailak and Mindy Willet
Fitzhenry & Whiteside (2012)    
ISBN 9781927083079

Reviewed by Evan Weldon (age 11) for Reader Views (10/13)

“No Borders” by Darla Evyagotailak and Mindy Willet is really a snapshot of the sixteen-year-old author Darla’s life as an Inuit in Nunavut, Canada. It is kind of like a scrapbook full of photos and stories about family. It was very interesting to see the different way of life - like the ulu knife, the sleds, the different dances and art, the facial tattoos, and much, much more. The difficult to pronounce words made reading kind of a happy challenge. I didn’t realize until the end that there was a pronunciation guide for a few words in the back. It was sometimes hard to follow the book because of the photo captions that were all over the pages. Also some of the pictures were small which made me have to squint to see all of the details. I would recommend “No Borders” by Darla Evyagotailak and Mindy Willet to people who are interested in different cultures and ways of life. Reading this book was like going for a trip north of the Arctic Circle without having to get on a plane or get cold.

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