Journey of the Midnight Sun

  • Illustrated By: Aliya Ghare
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:community, Muslim, mosque, Inuvik, adventure
  • Available:03/15/2022
  • Age Groups:Fiction Picture Book
  • Lexile:AD840L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:M
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This is the true story of the journey of the Midnight Sun Mosque.

In 2010 a Winnipeg-based charity raised funds to build and ship a mosque to Inuvik, one of the most northern towns in Canada’s Arctic. A small but growing Muslim community there had been using a cramped trailer for their services, but there just wasn't enough space. The mosque travelled over 4,000 kilometers on a journey fraught with poor weather, incomplete bridges, narrow roads, low traffic wires and a deadline to get on the last barge heading up the Mackenzie River before the first winter freeze. But it made it just in time and is now one of the most northern mosques in the world.

This beautiful picture book reminds us that the collective dream of fostering a multicultural and tolerant Canada exists and that people of all backgrounds will come together to build bridges and overcome obstacles for the greater good of their neighbors.

“Shows how people from different cultures and religions came together to complete a project that helped a community feel welcomed and loved. Highly Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Ghare's scenic, digital illustrations do the heavy lifting in this intriguing story narrated in straightforward, spare text… A simple, celebratory story of community collaboration and religious tolerance.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“I LOVED the book! It’s delightful! Love the illustrations. Love the way you handled the story. Masha Allah tabarakullah feeq!”
“A lovely recounting of how the Inuvik people received their first mosque. Afzal portrays this important historical event in a way which highlights community togetherness and human kindness. A treat for all children, teaching them that the seemingly impossible can sometimes be accomplished with some good-heartedness and a bit of teamwork.”
“It is a sweet instance of real life being harder to believe than fiction.  It warms your heart and reminds you that there are so many good people doing selfless things for the benefit of others, every single day, subhanAllah.”
“Shazia celebrates the multicultural effort of the people who worked hard to get the mosque to its destination. Aliya's images brings such diversity to life through her colour and costuming of the people involved. Congratulations to Shazia and Aliya for telling us the awesome journey of the Midnight Sun Mosque in such a charming way."
“An uplifting, effectively delivered account of acceptance, support, and solidarity.”
– Booklist
“Many emotions are shown in the clear and colorful illustrations that follow the mosque...The story is a testament to the good will and support that reflect on 'helpers' - people who make our world a much better place.”
– Sal's Fiction Addiction
“Striking, and the spreads convey just how massive an undertaking this was…It’s epic, and an example of strong faith and community.”
– School Library Journal
“A muted palette and clean art style accompany the straightforward narrative of a great feat of cooperation and community support.”
– Cooperative Children's Book Center
MuslimMatters Muslim Bookstagram Awards - Best Muslim Non-Fiction Book   | 2022  |  Winner
Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection   | 2022  |  Commended
Ontario Library association (OLA) Best Bets   | 2022  |  Commended
Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices   | 2023  |  Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2022  |  Commended
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards - Children’s Picture Book   | 2023  |  Nominated