A perilous journey across the snowbound Alaskan wilderness.
John Smelcer has a doctorate in contemporary literature, and has won the prestigious James Jones First Novel prize for The Trap, which is published in the USA by Henry Holt. He has a unique perspective on the Native American point of view, as he is himself an Ahtna Athabaskan Indian. He has had more than twenty books published. Many have been on Native American myth.
"John Smelcer's The Great Death is an outstanding piece of writing and undoubtedly my favourite novel of the year." -- Lindsey Stainer * The Bookseller * "A must-read by an exciting new novelist: definitely one to watch." -- Jake Hope * The Bookseller * "I had to remind myself that this is based on the real experiences of Smelcer's grandmother and her sister, their story of survival brought movingly to life in this fine novel." -- Sue Baker * Bookseller (teenage category preview) * "The storytelling skilfully combines these two elements of realism and folktale, becoming both a practical and spiritual handbook of survival. It has much to offer children of nine to thirteen. Remote as it may seem from their own lives, its core experiences are universal." * Books for Keeps * "Vividly written and eventful tale." * Carousel *