The Northern Lights

Picador, 2001

In the frozen wilderness of northern Manitoba, fourteen-year old Noah Krainik lives with his mother and cousin. With his quirky, cheerful best friend, Pelly Bay, he explores this exotic, lonely land - the domain of Cree Indians, trappers, missionaries, and fugitives from the modern world. When tragedy strikes, Noah must go on alone, discovering a new life in the south and the bustling of Toronto. It is there in the Northern Lights movie theatre -- with a Cree family taking up residence in the projection booth, and the reappearance of his elusive father - that Noah becomes an adult.