Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Christmas Nevermore by Cadieux/Bastien tackles the relevant topic of global warming and environmental issues through an interesting story. The story is set in a village called Akilineq. People living in this village belong to the Inuit culture and they feel that there is going to be no Christmas as Santa and his crew are unable to manufacture toys due to environmental issues. The oil company set up there is causing damage to the environment and destroying the natural resources of the village. The brother and sister team of Polik and Nika try to bring Christmas to the village with the help of elves, reindeer, and many others. Ikkuma, their grandfather who is also the village Shaman, predicts that a curse will fall upon the village if the pieces of the mystical necklace that have been removed are not returned. Will Polik and Nika be able to find the missing pieces that will save the village from the environmental crisis?
The story has many dimensions to it and the author weaves the Inuit culture and global warming issues into the plot masterfully. The story is magical with Santa and his elves, Canada, and the Inuit background. Children learn a lot of new things by reading this book and it also makes them aware of the threats faced by Mother Earth due to global warming. An educational story that weaves the Inuit culture along with global warming issues in an excellent way and makes it an interesting read.