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Volume VII Number 5 . . . . November 3, 2000
If icy cold had teeth and claws and thin small axes it would be like the snow-goblins. And if a wolf had the patience of winter and the bottomless hunger of the seas and the cunning, frozen heart of a nightmare, it would be like the snow-goblins. But as it is, nothing that lives and walks the earth is half so bad - except the ice trolls who are stupid rather than cunning, but larger and otherwise just as wicked.Kalifax is a gripping adventure told in a highly literary style. It follows Tom as he becomes a member of the intrepid crew of the Volantix. Tom, himself, convinces the rest of the crew to join the voyage with his retelling of a story about Kalifax, an elfin and magical lamp that saved some travellers. The crew sets sail for the Eaves of the World from which point they plan to head south into warm waters. Along the way, they will run into many dangers, including snow-goblins and ice trolls before the ship gets locked into the ice. Can Tom, the crew's own Kalifax, make the journey to find Grandfather Frost in time to save his shipmates?
This book manages to convert the quest for the Northwest Passage into a literary fairy tale filled with rich language and images. It combines myth and magic in a rich portrayal of one piece of Canadian history. Any student who enjoys language will seek out this book. A high school student in Calgary summed up her response to Kalifax by saying that she felt it had "a lot of interesting events throughout the course of the story. Lets just say, there is never a dull moment."
Betsy Fraser is a librarian with Calgary Public Library.
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