Fred on the Ice Floes
Illustrations: Bruno St-Aubin
Translation: Sarah Cummins
Halifax: Formac Publishing, 2001. 61 p.
(First Novels; 38)
Ages 7 to 9
Published in French under the title Ma nuit dans les glaces (Montréal : La courte échelle, 2001, 2000)
Fred and his father go ice fishing. At first, not very excited about this trip, Fred imagines that he and his father have become Inuit of the North Pole; even their cat Rick, who stowed away in the car, is an Arctic fox. When the ice suddenly cracks, Fred finds himself alone in the fishing shack on a drifting ice floe. Throughout the night, Fred will have to face the cold, hunger and isolation while waiting to be rescued. His fishing trip becomes a rite of passage for the young boy.