Marc Cadieux and Herve Bastien have known one another and worked on various film projects as writers/directors for twenty-five years. Now they have come together to collaborate on a screenplay for the first time. They set out to write a story that would address the growing Global Warming crisis, but wrapped in a traditional Christmas tale. They felt that this approach would draw the interest of children all over the world and would appeal to the broader sense of generosity and community that resonates with everyone during the holiday season.
Once the script was finished it was taken a step further and developed into a Children’s book now titled Christmas Nevermore. The hope of Marc and Herve is that this story will become a perennial favorite and remind us all of the importance of thinking globally and acting locally to limit the environmental impact of our choices.
Christmas Nevermore is an inspiring adventure story in which worlds collide, from the villages of the Great North, down to Santa’s secret workshops, and finally to the realm of the Mother of the Sea, a character plucked from Inuit mythology. Readers are guided in their literary travels by orphans Polik and Nika, two young mixed-race Inuit children, who are being raised by their Shaman grandfather, Ikkuma.
The holiday season is approaching and Polik and Nika are filled with excitement. All of the children living in their Inuit village, Akilineq, are anticipating its arrival. But will this be the first time that Santa is unable to deliver his gifts on time for Christmas?
Big Oil has been drilling on the outskirts of Akilineq, affecting the residents way of life and culture. Even Polik and Nika are noticing the effect this invasion is having on the environment and the once majestic and untouched arctic landscape.
When the oil company accidentally begins drilling in the wrong place, a chain of events is set in motion, which threatens the life of their grandfather Ikkuma, and the safety of the seen and unseen. In order to save Ikkuma, the children embark on an exciting, albeit treacherous journey that leads them into a magical underground world they never knew existed directly below them.
In the gigantic network of fantastic ice tunnels, hundreds of elves live and work alongside Santa as they prepare for the biggest day of the year. Polik and Nika discover that Santa’s world is melting and recent activity from above is threatening its very existence. Along with the elves, Santa, and a few other unexpected helpers, the children will race against time to reverse the damage done to both worlds and find a way to save their grandfather and Christmas!
- Christmas Nevermore - Book