By J.C. Wesley Pemmican Publications, 136 pages, $15 WE have few stories of Inuit life written for young people, and Alec’s Life seeks to fill this void. At the beginning of the novel, Alec is living a traditional lifestyle in a remote Arctic village. But when his mother dies and there is starvation in his community, Alec is sent to live with the illtempered Hudson’s Bay post manager, a relative of his mother. Soon Alec has to move again, first to Eskimo Point, then to Winnipeg, to Elk Lake in Northern Ontario, and finally to Ottawa, where his talent for carving is recognized. This is a slim volume, a first novel by former Ottawa teacher Wesley.