Lost at Windy River

  • Illustrated By: Alina Pete
    Colorist: Jillian Dolan
  • Pages:96
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:Indigenous culture, survival story, coming-of-age story, survival in the wilderness, survival in the Arctic
  • Available:10/15/2024
  • Lexile:GN700L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:T

It takes courage and bravery to survive in the barrens.

In 1944, thirteen-year-old Ilse Schweder got lost in a snowstorm while checking her family's trapline in northern Canada. This is the harrowing story of how a young Indigenous girl defies the odds and endures nine days alone in the unforgiving barrens. Ilse faces many challenges, including freezing temperatures, wild animals, snow blindness and frostbite. With no food or supplies, she relies on Traditional Indigenous Knowledge passed down from her family. Ilse uses her connection to the land and animals, wilderness skills and resilience to find her way home.

This powerful tale of survival is written by Ilse Schweder's granddaughter.

Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection   | 2024  |  Commended