In this adventurous novel - set in the ancient Arctic, but narrated for modern readers by an inquisitive and entertaining contemporary narrator - a young, wandering Inuit hunter named Kannujaq happens upon a camp in grave peril. The inhabitants of the camp are Tunit, a race of ancient Inuit ancestors known for their shyness and meekness. The tranquility of this Tunit camp has been shaken by a group of murderous, pale, bearded strangers who have arrived on a huge boat shaped like a loon.
Unbeknownst to Kannujaq, he has stumbled upon a battle between the Tunit and a group of Viking warriors!
As the camp prepares to defend itself against the approaching newcomers, Kannujaq and a Tunit shaman boy named Siku discover that the Vikings may have motivations other than murder and warfare at the heart of their quest.
This lush historical fiction is steeped in Inuit traditional knowledge and concepts of ancient Inuit magic. The unique time and place brought to life in this exciting novel will delight young fans of historical and fantastical fiction alike.


  • Winner, Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature 2015
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature 2014
  • Short-listed, Best New Book for CSM's 25 Best New Books for Middle-Graders 2014
  • Short-listed, 100 young adult books that make you proud to be Canadian


"Skraelings is a very short and exciting read...This often-overlooked perspective in historical fiction will be a welcome read for many young people."—CM Magazine