Those Who Run in the Sky

Those Who Run in the Sky

by Aviaq Johnston
  • adventure
  • diversity
  • from-the-north
  • indigenous
A coming-of-age story that follows a young shaman named Pitu as he learns to use his powers and ultimately finds himself lost in the world of the spirits. After a strange and violent blizzard leaves Pitu stranded on the sea ice, without his dog team or any weapons to defend himself, he soon realizes that he is no longer in the world that he once knew. The storm has carried him into the world of the spirits, a world populated with terrifying creatures—black wolves with red eyes, ravenous and constantly stalking him, and water-dwelling creatures that want nothing more than to snatch him and pull him into the frigid ocean through an ice crack—as well as beings less frightening, but equally as incredible, such as a lone giant who can carry Pitu in the palm of her hand and keeps caribou and polar bears as pets. After stumbling upon a fellow shaman who has been trapped in the spirit world for many years, Pitu must master all of his shamanic powers to make his way back to the world of the living, to his family, and to the girl that he loves.


Aviaq Johnston, author

Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut. Her debut novel Those Who Run in the Sky and her debut picture book What's My Superpower were both published in 2017.

Toma Feizo Gas, illustrator

Toma Feizo's illustrations can be found gracing the pages and covers of titles such as Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, the Star Wars and Mutant Chronicles role playing games, as well as several upcoming fantasy novel series.


  • The traditions of this Inuit culture wrap Pitu’ story in a reality that needs to be shared with all youth, Indigenous and otherwise. - CanLit for Little Canadians
  • [A] haunting tale, with both Inuit culture and a ghoulish spirit world explored in a thrilling and arresting manner. - Foreword Reviews


  • Honour Book, 2017 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature
  • Finalist 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Inhabit Media



rights sold: Canada

rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: 13 and up

number of pages: 200

publication date: 03/08/2017

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book