Thirteen-year-old Booker leads a
sheltered life in Vermont—until a spellbinding
relic throws him skidding into
a world of magic and myths come to
life. Anna is an Unangax teenager looking
for answers after her long-absent
mother reappears in her life. When a
mysterious bookmark brings them together
on the Aleutian Islands, they’re
sent on a dangerous quest to return a
magical amulet to Anna’s Unangan
ancestors. As they adventure across islands
that glow like moonstones, they
cross paths with nineteenth-century
chiefs, the mysterious Woman of the
Volcano, and the sinister Real Raven.
While their journey is tinged with the
fantastic, it’s based in real depictions
of Unangan culture and history—the
first historical novel set in Unangan
folklore. It’s a coming-of-age-story that
will resonate with young adult readers
on their own journeys to discover their
personal and cultural identities.
(Hudson) brings the verdant, treeless islands to life in evocative prose, whether describing a modern harbor or a ceremonial parka made of bird skin and seal fur.
A suspenseful Alaska fantasy novel that will delight teen readers.
—Gerri Brightwell, author of Dead of Winter
Hudson's Ivory and Paper weaves a beautifully written tale of Unangaan lore into something that people of all ages can enjoy. The history and imagination in the background of this story come together in a way which both educates & intrigues the reader, all the while keeping the story fun and captivating for young minds. As the mother of two Unangax̂ girls, I can see this story becoming a special tale to share that combines our family's heritage with the realm of the fantastic
—Cyri Thompson, Shaishnikoff descendent
Ray Hudson is the author of Moments Rightly Placed. He is also the author and editor of
several scholarly books on the Aleutian Islands. A retired public school teacher, he is a
woodblock artist and poet who lives in Vermont.