identifyfilter: YA story about kid trapped in Arctic cabin with murderer
December 18, 2012 9:02 AM   Subscribe

Name that YA book or story! Young boy/teen is in a cabin or hut in the Arctic. There is also a murderer. It may be the kind of thing where there are a few people in the cabin, and one of them is a murderer, and people are being killed one by one. Very sketchy details follow.

This is going to make me sound like a complete space case, as the details are so sketchy in my mind. Really, they're more like impressions or images I have. Jeez, I hope I didn't dream this.

Anyway, here's what I think:

* I would have read this sometime probably around 1979. So it's definitely NOT "Revolver."
* I don't think what I read was actually a book. I have a strong feeling it was a story (or possibly an EXCERPT of a book) in some kind of scholastic book reader publication we got at our school.
* The people are trapped in a one-room cabin. I think this was in the Arctic, or at least it was wintertime.
* I think the people might have been stranded survivors of a ship sinking. Maybe a whaling ship?
* I have an image of thick sweaters and blonde curly hair, so there may be something Scandinavian about the story and/or characters.

I know, little to go on. Don't hate me.
posted by Alaska Jack to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Any remote chance it was Dogsong?

There were some cabins and definitely death involved.

Or, Victim of the Aurora?
posted by zizzle at 10:13 AM on December 18, 2012

Could it be Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry? Not set in the Arctic, but I recall it having a "boy snowbound in a cabin with a murderer" scene.
posted by fermion at 12:12 PM on December 18, 2012

Response by poster: Unfortunately I don't believe it was any of those. Dammit, this is really irritating me :^)
posted by Alaska Jack at 8:54 PM on December 18, 2012

Response by poster: Although Victims of the Aurora does look cool.
posted by Alaska Jack at 9:00 PM on December 18, 2012

I was all set to suggest The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean until I saw your book was around circa 1979. Oh well, that's one more to cross off your list.

Try searching through tags on I've found some amazingly obscure books there through tag combinations.
posted by nicebookrack at 4:09 AM on December 20, 2012

Response by poster: I will. Thanks nicebookrack!
posted by Alaska Jack at 2:38 AM on December 22, 2012

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