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Strung Up

Atiqtalaaq is as any young child should be, happily enjoying the love of her father and older sister, Amaruq. But when the girls' father suddenly passes away, they're left floundering in the fallout. Amaruq doesn't even know how to be a parent, let alone hold her broken family together. And Atiq...Atiq never figured out how to accept her father's death. How do you teach a child to face the inevitability of death? How do you love someone when you don't know how?

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Atiqtalaaq

    A young girl with a big heart, Atiq's emotions often rule over her head. She can be sensitive and let her feelings get the better of her, but she's earnest and honest, with kindness at her core.

    In her youth, she often fails to see the big picture, but she tries her hardest all the same. She doesn't always get along with her older sister, but she does always love her.

Amaruq

While used to always being the responsible one, going from older sister to sole guardian has been a bit more than Ama could ever have anticipated.

Stressed, scared, and uncertain, she tries her hardest to take care of her little sister. Unfortunately, she never quite feels like she's enough.

Forced to grow up too soon and contend with an impetuous child, Ama is frustrated with Atiq nearly as often as she is with herself. She loves her little sister dearly, but always having to be stern means she doesn't often get to show it.

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