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Smiler's Bones

Smiler's Bones by Peter Lerangis
Peter Lerangis
Scholastic
Release Date:Feb-01-2005





Age Level
young adult

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Famous Artic explorer, Robert Peary, takes a young Eskimo, Minik, and five other Eskimos from their native land. Peary brings them to New York City to be presented at the American Museum of Natural History. They are treated like circus acts, and soon four of the six Eskimos are dead including Minik's father, Smiler. Out of the two remaining, one goes back to Greenland, leaving Minik in New York City. The story tells of the unjust way Minik was treated and how it ruined his life forever.

This was a sad book, but it was expertly written. The book is actually based on a historical event, and Peter Lerangis filled in the vague parts to make it into a story. Minik's character is developed very well. It starts when he arrives in New York City and he does not know anything about the culture. As the book progresses, however, he goes through changes that are fascinating to follow. Reluctant readers will find it appealing in size because of the short length of the book, but also a story unlike any others.

Rating: 9



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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  AG

Smiler's Bones, by Peter Lerangis, is a story about an Eskimo named Minik. Minik and five other Eskimos, including Minik's father Qisuk ("Smiler"), travel from Greenland to America with the explorer Robert Peary. In America, the Eskimos become a living exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Within ninety-six days, four of the six Eskimos, including Qisuk, are dead. Not long after, one leaves America to return to Greenland, leaving Minik to be the only Eskimo living in New York. In Minik's search for the truth, he uncovers a web of lies and deceptions.

This is a very interesting book that is based on a true story. Although it is interesting, I wish that the author had done a more complete job of filling in the sections of the book that are not recorded in the history of the event. I found many parts of this book intriguing. The story has a satisfying ending. Overall, Smiler's Bones is an exceptional book, and the author did do a good job of expressing this story from Minik's point of view.

Rating: 8



Smiler's Bones

Smiler's Bones by Peter Lerangis
Peter Lerangis
Scholastic
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Age Level
young adult

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