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Adventure
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Wild Man Island
Subsection   Boating
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Will Hobbs
Publisher   HarperCollins, 2002
A sudden storm blows 14 year-old Andy Galloway off course and onto Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska where he struggles to survive and solve a mystery.

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Williwaw!
Subsection   Boating
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Tom Bodett
Publisher   Knopf, 1999
When a teenaged brother and sister are left on their own at the edge of civilization, several mistakes and attempts to cover them up lead them into even more trouble.

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Winter Camp
Subsection   Camping
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Kirkpatrick Hill
Publisher   Margaret K. McElderry, 1993
Can Tough Boy and Sister survive alone at 50 below zero?

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To the Summit
Subsection   Climbing
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Claire Rudolf Murphy
Publisher   Avon, 1998
A novel about a 17 year-old girl's attempt to be the youngest person to summit Mount McKinley, and along the way puts her life and her struggles with her parents into perspective.

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Diamond Willow
Subsection   Dog Sledding
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Helen Frost
Publisher   Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
12 year-old Diamond Willow is more comfortable on a dog sled than in a crowd of people. She tells her story, that includes adventure and a secret, in verse.

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Dogsong
Subsection   Dog Sledding
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Gary Paulsen
Publisher   Bradbury Press, 1985
Russel isn't happy with life in the village. He wants to go back to the old ways. Guided by a wise elder, he sets out on a journey by dog team that will change his life forever.

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Scrub Dog of Alaska
Subsection   Dog Sledding
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Walt Morey
Publisher   Dutton, 1971
Scrub doesn't have a home. He lives out of garbage cans until a boy rescues him and their adventures together begin.

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Woodsong
Subsection   Dog Sledding
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Gary Paulsen
Publisher   Bradbury Press, 1990
For readers who love books by Gary Paulsen (Hatchet etc), this book gives you a look at Paulsen's own life and his love of adventure and dogs.

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The Trap
Subsection   Getting Food
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     John Smelcer
Publisher   Holt, 2006
A grandson goes in search of his grandfather who has not returned from checking his trapline. A gripping tale of survival.

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Dogsong
Subsection   Journeys
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Gary Paulsen
Publisher   Bradbury Press, 1985
Russel isn't happy with life in the village. He wants to go back to the old ways. Guided by a wise elder, he sets out on a journey by dog team that will change his life forever.

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Down the Yukon
Subsection   Journeys
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Will Hobbs
Publisher   HarperCollins, 2001
The sequel to Jason's Gold takes readers back to Gold Rush Dawson City. Jason and his girlfriend enter a boat race to Nome with a big prize but big risks.

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Jason's Gold
Subsection   Journeys
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Will Hobbs
Publisher   Morrow, 1999
15 year-old Jason catches gold fever and heads north, making his way to the Klondike over the Chilkoot Trail in search of gold and his older brothers who left before he could.

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Kavik the Wolf Dog
Subsection   Journeys
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Walt Morey
Publisher   Dutton, 1968
From the auther of "Gentle Ben" is the story of a wolf-dog who travels from Washington State to Alaska to return to the boy who once saved his life

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Stickeen: John Muir and the Brave Little Dog
Subsection   Journeys
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   John Muir as retold by Donnell Rubay
Illustrator   Christopher Canyon
Publisher   Dawn Publications, 1998
A very readable retelling of this classic story how John Muir and the dog Stickeen survive a blizzard on a glacier and earn each other's trust.

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A Distant Enemy
Subsection   Survival
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Deb Vanasse
Publisher   Lodestar/Dutton, 1997
Joseph is half-white, half-Yup'ik and he is angry. He's mad because his father isn't around and because he can't decide who he really wants to be. Adventure-filled and a great view of village life in rural Alaska.

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Aleutian Boy
Subsection   Survival
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Ethel Ross Oliver
Illustrator   Larry Lewton
Publisher   Binfords & Mort, 1959
When two boys are lost in the Aleutians, they use what the Aleut boy knows some of the old ways people used to survive.

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Leaving Protection
Subsection   Survival
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Will Hobbs
Publisher   HarperCollins, 2004
Finally 16 year-old Robbie is old enough to fulfill his dream of working as a deckhand on a salmon fishing boat. When he lands a job as the lone crewman, he is in heaven, but things are not exactly what they seem.

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Out of the Wilderness
Subsection   Survival
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Deb Vanasse
Publisher   Clarion, 1999
Spending a winter in a small cabin, a father and his two sons learn valuable lessons about self-sufficiency, and how to get along.

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Wild Man Island
Subsection   Survival
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Will Hobbs
Publisher   HarperCollins, 2002
A sudden storm blows 14 year-old Andy Galloway off course and onto Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska where he struggles to survive and solve a mystery.
Alaska Life
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Moose Racks, Bear Tracks, and Other Alaska KidSnacks
Subsection   Eating Alaska Style
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Alice Bugni
Illustrator   Shannon Cartwright
Publisher   Sasquatch Books, 1999
Recipes for kids with unique Alaskan names.

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Ol' 556: Alaska's Mighty Steam Engine
Subsection   Getting Around Alaska
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Shannon Cartwright
Illustrator   Shannon Cartwright
Publisher   Greatland Graphics, 2007
If you live in Anchorage or have visited, you've probably seen the black train engine on the Park Strip. Here's the story of that special engine.

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Cowboys of the Sky: The Story of Alaska's Bush Pilots
Subsection   Working in Alaska
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Steven C. Levi
Publisher   Walker, 1996
A great collection of stories about some of the legends of those who flew in Alaska. Written for young adults.

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Enticed by Gold
Subsection   Working in Alaska
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Douglas DeVries
Publisher   Jade Ram, 2003
The final book in a trilogy of Sven Olafsen, a 14 year-old boy, who came to the North in search of his father. In this book, he is trying to get back home.

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Finding Alaska: The Life and Art of Shannon Cartwright
Subsection   Working in Alaska
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Shannon Cartwright
Illustrator   Shannon Cartwright
Publisher   Greatland Graphics, 2009
Meet the illustrator of some of Alaska's most loved children's books.

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Leaving Protection
Subsection   Working in Alaska
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Will Hobbs
Publisher   HarperCollins, 2004
Finally 16 year-old Robbie is old enough to fulfill his dream of working as a deckhand on a salmon fishing boat. When he lands a job as the lone crewman, he is in heaven, but things are not exactly what they seem.

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Polar Bear Scientists
Subsection   Working in Alaska
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Peter Lourie
Publisher   Houghton Mifflin, 2012
In this Scientist in the Field series, Peter Lourie follows biologists in Alaska as they gather information about polar bears, then takes readers back to the lab to see how they record and keep all the data collected. A great insider view with spectacular photos.
Alaska Native Peoples
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Aleutian Boy
Subsection   Aleut
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Ethel Ross Oliver
Illustrator   Larry Lewton
Publisher   Binfords & Mort, 1959
When two boys are lost in the Aleutians, they use what the Aleut boy knows some of the old ways people used to survive.

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At the Mouth of the Luckiest River
Subsection   Athabascan
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Arnold Griese
Illustrator   Glo Coalson
Publisher   Boyds Mills Press, 1996
A young Athabascan boy with a twisted foot endures ridicule and becomes a great medicine man.

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Diamond Willow
Subsection   Athabascan
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Helen Frost
Publisher   Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
12 year-old Diamond Willow is more comfortable on a dog sled than in a crowd of people. She tells her story, that includes adventure and a secret, in verse.

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The Great Death
Subsection   Athabascan
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     John Smelcer
Publisher   Holt, 2009
Based on a real story, this book tells of a period of great sadness in Alaska when as many as 60-70% of the Alaska Native population died from diseases brought by white people. This story focuses on two sisters who did not die.

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The Trap
Subsection   Athabascan
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     John Smelcer
Publisher   Holt, 2006
A grandson goes in search of his grandfather who has not returned from checking his trapline. A gripping tale of survival.

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The Way of Our People
Subsection   Athabascan
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Arnold Griese
Illustrator   Haru Wells
Publisher   Boyds Mills Press, 1997
This is the story of Young Kano, an Athabaskan Indian living in Anvik, a village beside the Yukon River, and how he faced hardship and helped save his village from smallpox.

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Toughboy and Sister
Subsection   Athabascan
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Kirkpatrick Hill
Publisher   Margaret K. McElderry, 1990
An 11 year-old Athabascan boy and his younger sister are left on their own at fish camp when their dad gets drunk and disappears. A realistic survival tale.

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Winter Camp
Subsection   Athabascan
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Kirkpatrick Hill
Publisher   Margaret K. McElderry, 1993
Can Tough Boy and Sister survive alone at 50 below zero?

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Arctic Thaw: The People of the Whale in a Changing Climate
Subsection   Inupiat
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Peter Lourie
Publisher   Boyds Mills, 2007
How will global warming impact the Inupiat people of the Far North?

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Blessing's Bead
Subsection   Inupiat
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Debby Dahl Edwardson
Publisher   Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009
A novel for young adults about love, loss, and finding your way home.

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Julie
Subsection   Inupiat
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Jean Craighead George
Publisher   HarperCollins, 1994
In this sequel to Julie of the Wolves, Julie returns to her village after living in the wilderness for months among the wolves and finds much has changed.

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Julie of the Wolves
Subsection   Inupiat
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Jean Craighead George
Publisher   HarperCollins, 1972
After running away from her Inupiat Eskimo village, Julie finds friendship and safety among a pack of Arctic wolves. She can't live that way forever. She has to choose between the old ways and the new.

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Julie's Wolf Pack
Subsection   Inupiat
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Jean Craighead George
Publisher   HarperCollins, 1997
In this third book in the Julie series, the story follows the wolf pack that saved Julie in book one.

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The Boy Who Found the Light: Eskimo Folktales
Subsection   Inupiat
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Dale DeArmond
Illustrator   Dale DeArmond
Publisher   Sierra Club Books/Little Brown, 1990
Dale DeArmond's classic woodcuts illustrate this retelling of three Eskimo folktales.

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Meet Lydia: A Native Girl from Southeast Alaska
Subsection   Tlingit
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Miranda Belarde-Lewis
Illustrator   John Harrington
Publisher   Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in association with Council Oak Books, 2004
Part of the "My World" series of photographic books, this volume introduces Lydia, a young Tlingit girl, and her modern-day life.

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The Prince and the Salmon People
Subsection   Tsimshian
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Claire Rudolf Murphy
Illustrator   Duane Pasco
Publisher   Eastern Washington University Press, 2003
In this legend a young prince travels to the world under the water and learns why the fish no longer returned to his village.

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At the Mouth of the Luckiest River
Subsection   Way of Life
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Arnold Griese
Illustrator   Glo Coalson
Publisher   Boyds Mills Press, 1996
A young Athabascan boy with a twisted foot endures ridicule and becomes a great medicine man.

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The Prince and the Salmon People
Subsection   Way of Life
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Claire Rudolf Murphy
Illustrator   Duane Pasco
Publisher   Eastern Washington University Press, 2003
In this legend a young prince travels to the world under the water and learns why the fish no longer returned to his village.

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The Way of Our People
Subsection   Way of Life
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Arnold Griese
Illustrator   Haru Wells
Publisher   Boyds Mills Press, 1997
This is the story of Young Kano, an Athabaskan Indian living in Anvik, a village beside the Yukon River, and how he faced hardship and helped save his village from smallpox.

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A Distant Enemy
Subsection   Yup'ik
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Deb Vanasse
Publisher   Lodestar/Dutton, 1997
Joseph is half-white, half-Yup'ik and he is angry. He's mad because his father isn't around and because he can't decide who he really wants to be. Adventure-filled and a great view of village life in rural Alaska.
Alaska Places
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Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights
Subsection   Alaska Regions
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Debbie S. Miller
Publisher   Walker, 2003
From the very short days of winter to the neverending days of summer, this book explores the seasons of light and dark near the Arctic Circle.

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Arctic Tale - Junior Novelization
Subsection   Alaska Regions
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Barry Varela
Publisher   National Geographic, 2007
A longer version for older readers of the companion book to a National Geographic film for older readers telling the stories of a walrus calf and a polar bear cub, following them from birth.

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Dancing at the Odinochka
Subsection   Alaska Regions
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Kirkpatrick Hill
Publisher   Margaret K. McElderry, 2005
The Odinochka is a trading post. The time is just after the Russians sold Alaska to the U.S. Life remains much like it was in Russian America…until Americans arrive to build a telegraph line.

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Julie
Subsection   Alaska Regions
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Jean Craighead George
Publisher   HarperCollins, 1994
In this sequel to Julie of the Wolves, Julie returns to her village after living in the wilderness for months among the wolves and finds much has changed.

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Julie of the Wolves
Subsection   Alaska Regions
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Jean Craighead George
Publisher   HarperCollins, 1972
After running away from her Inupiat Eskimo village, Julie finds friendship and safety among a pack of Arctic wolves. She can't live that way forever. She has to choose between the old ways and the new.

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Julie's Wolf Pack
Subsection   Alaska Regions
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Jean Craighead George
Publisher   HarperCollins, 1997
In this third book in the Julie series, the story follows the wolf pack that saved Julie in book one.

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Leaving Protection
Subsection   Alaska Regions
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Will Hobbs
Publisher   HarperCollins, 2004
Finally 16 year-old Robbie is old enough to fulfill his dream of working as a deckhand on a salmon fishing boat. When he lands a job as the lone crewman, he is in heaven, but things are not exactly what they seem.

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Destination Valdez
Subsection   Where We Live
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Nancy Warren Ferrell
Publisher   Lerner, 1998
All you ever wanted to know about the town of Valdez.

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Disappearing Lake: Nature's Magic in Denali National Park
Subsection   Where We Play
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Debbie S. Miller
Illustrator     Jon Van Zyle
Publisher   Walker, 1997
In April as the snow melts in Denali National Park, a lake forms. By June the water has seeped into the ground and the lake is gone. Learn how this temporary lake supports birds, animals and the land around it.

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My Denali : Exploring Alaska's Favorite National Park
Subsection   Where We Play
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Kim Corral with Hannah Corral
Illustrator   Roy Corral
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1995
Explore Denali National Park with Roy, Kim, Hannah and Ben Corral. Photos bring this family and the park to life.

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My Denali: Exploring Alaska's Favorite National Park
Subsection   Where We Play
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Kim Corral with Hannah Corral
Illustrator   Roy Corral
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1995
Explore Denali National Park with Roy, Kim, Hannah and Ben Corral. Photos bring this family and the park to life.

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To the Summit
Subsection   Where We Play
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Claire Rudolf Murphy
Publisher   Avon, 1998
A novel about a 17 year-old girl's attempt to be the youngest person to summit Mount McKinley, and along the way puts her life and her struggles with her parents into perspective.

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Wild Man Island
Subsection   Where We Play
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Will Hobbs
Publisher   HarperCollins, 2002
A sudden storm blows 14 year-old Andy Galloway off course and onto Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska where he struggles to survive and solve a mystery.

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Big Alaska: Journey Across America's Most Amazing State
Subsection   Alaska Regions
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Debbie S. Miller
Illustrator     Jon Van Zyle
Publisher   Walker, 2006
A good introduction to Alaska. Visit the tallest mountain, an active volcano, among the many wonders of Alaska.
Friends and Families
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Gold Star Sister
Subsection   Dealing with Change
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Claire Rudolf Murphy
Publisher   Lodestar, 1994
While helping take care of her Gram, 13 year-old Carrie discovers a long-held secret--her Gram had a brother who died in the Aleutians during World War II. Among his things is an unopened letter from a dying soldier to his infant son that Carrie vows to deliver.

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Norman Tuttle on the Last Frontier: A Novel in Stories
Subsection   Dealing with Change
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Tom Bodett
Publisher   Knopf, 2004
Norman Tuttle could be the klutziest kid in Alaska. Falling off his father's fishing boat into icy water is just one of several stories about Norman's adventures as he grows from 13 to near 16.

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Kavik the Wolf Dog
Subsection   Pets
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Walt Morey
Publisher   Dutton, 1968
From the auther of "Gentle Ben" is the story of a wolf-dog who travels from Washington State to Alaska to return to the boy who once saved his life

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Stickeen: John Muir and the Brave Little Dog
Subsection   Pets
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   John Muir as retold by Donnell Rubay
Illustrator   Christopher Canyon
Publisher   Dawn Publications, 1998
A very readable retelling of this classic story how John Muir and the dog Stickeen survive a blizzard on a glacier and earn each other's trust.

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The Call of the Wild
Subsection   Pets
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Jack London
Publisher   Various publishers and editions,
Buck, stolen from his home in California, is shipped north during the height of the Klondike Gold Rush as a work dog. A classic tale of adventure and survival.

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A Distant Enemy
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Deb Vanasse
Publisher   Lodestar/Dutton, 1997
Joseph is half-white, half-Yup'ik and he is angry. He's mad because his father isn't around and because he can't decide who he really wants to be. Adventure-filled and a great view of village life in rural Alaska.

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Aleutian Boy
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Ethel Ross Oliver
Illustrator   Larry Lewton
Publisher   Binfords & Mort, 1959
When two boys are lost in the Aleutians, they use what the Aleut boy knows some of the old ways people used to survive.

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Blessing's Bead
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Debby Dahl Edwardson
Publisher   Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009
A novel for young adults about love, loss, and finding your way home.

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Diamond Willow
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Helen Frost
Publisher   Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
12 year-old Diamond Willow is more comfortable on a dog sled than in a crowd of people. She tells her story, that includes adventure and a secret, in verse.

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Do Not Pass Go
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Kirkpatrick Hill
Publisher   Margaret K. McElderry, 2007
When Deet's stepfather is sent to jail for possessing drugs, Deet worries what the kids at school will think but he begins visiting jail anyway. These visits provide powerful insights not only for Deet but for his classmates.

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Gold Rush Runaway
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Douglas DeVries
Publisher   Jade Ram , 1997
14 year-old Sven Olafsen runs away to the Far North in search of his father in the late 1800s, joining Lt. Castner's trail-cutting expedition along the way. Based on Lt. Castner's journals.

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Gold Star Sister
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Claire Rudolf Murphy
Publisher   Lodestar, 1994
While helping take care of her Gram, 13 year-old Carrie discovers a long-held secret--her Gram had a brother who died in the Aleutians during World War II. Among his things is an unopened letter from a dying soldier to his infant son that Carrie vows to deliver.

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Norman Tuttle on the Last Frontier: A Novel in Stories
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Tom Bodett
Publisher   Knopf, 2004
Norman Tuttle could be the klutziest kid in Alaska. Falling off his father's fishing boat into icy water is just one of several stories about Norman's adventures as he grows from 13 to near 16.

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Out of the Wilderness
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Deb Vanasse
Publisher   Clarion, 1999
Spending a winter in a small cabin, a father and his two sons learn valuable lessons about self-sufficiency, and how to get along.

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The Bite of the Gold Bug: A Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Barthe DeClements
Publisher   Viking, 1992
Part of the "Once Upon a Time in America" series, this book covers the Klondike Gold Rush through the eyes of a 14 year-old boy who travels with his uncle and father to the gold fields in 1898.

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The Great Death
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     John Smelcer
Publisher   Holt, 2009
Based on a real story, this book tells of a period of great sadness in Alaska when as many as 60-70% of the Alaska Native population died from diseases brought by white people. This story focuses on two sisters who did not die.

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To the Summit
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Claire Rudolf Murphy
Publisher   Avon, 1998
A novel about a 17 year-old girl's attempt to be the youngest person to summit Mount McKinley, and along the way puts her life and her struggles with her parents into perspective.

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Toughboy and Sister
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Kirkpatrick Hill
Publisher   Margaret K. McElderry, 1990
An 11 year-old Athabascan boy and his younger sister are left on their own at fish camp when their dad gets drunk and disappears. A realistic survival tale.

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Williwaw!
Subsection   Relationships
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Tom Bodett
Publisher   Knopf, 1999
From Alaska's Past
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Blessing's Bead
Subsection   Disasters
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Debby Dahl Edwardson
Publisher   Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009
A novel for young adults about love, loss, and finding your way home.

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The Exxon Valdez's Deadly Oil Spill
Subsection   Disasters
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Linda Beech
Publisher   Bearport, 2007
In 1989 the largest oil spill ever happened in Alaska's Prince William Sound. This book tells the story of the who, how, and what happened.

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The Great Death
Subsection   Disasters
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     John Smelcer
Publisher   Holt, 2009
Based on a real story, this book tells of a period of great sadness in Alaska when as many as 60-70% of the Alaska Native population died from diseases brought by white people. This story focuses on two sisters who did not die.

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Children of the Gold Rush
Subsection   Gold Rushes
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Claire Rudolf Murphy and Jane G. Haigh
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2001
It wasn't just men who came North looking for gold. Families followed. Meet some of the children and find out how they lived and played in Gold Rush towns of the north.

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Down the Yukon
Subsection   Gold Rushes
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Will Hobbs
Publisher   HarperCollins, 2001
The sequel to Jason's Gold takes readers back to Gold Rush Dawson City. Jason and his girlfriend enter a boat race to Nome with a big prize but big risks.

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Enticed by Gold
Subsection   Gold Rushes
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Douglas DeVries
Publisher   Jade Ram, 2003
The final book in a trilogy of Sven Olafsen, a 14 year-old boy, who came to the North in search of his father. In this book, he is trying to get back home.

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Fevering for Gold
Subsection   Gold Rushes
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Douglas DeVries
Publisher   Jade Ram , 1999
Second in the Sven Olafsen trilogy. In this book, Sven and his sister Fieda head to Nome.

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Gold Rush Runaway
Subsection   Gold Rushes
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Douglas DeVries
Publisher   Jade Ram , 1997
14 year-old Sven Olafsen runs away to the Far North in search of his father in the late 1800s, joining Lt. Castner's trail-cutting expedition along the way. Based on Lt. Castner's journals.

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Jason's Gold
Subsection   Gold Rushes
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Will Hobbs
Publisher   Morrow, 1999
15 year-old Jason catches gold fever and heads north, making his way to the Klondike over the Chilkoot Trail in search of gold and his older brothers who left before he could.

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The Bite of the Gold Bug: A Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush
Subsection   Gold Rushes
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Barthe DeClements
Publisher   Viking, 1992
Part of the "Once Upon a Time in America" series, this book covers the Klondike Gold Rush through the eyes of a 14 year-old boy who travels with his uncle and father to the gold fields in 1898.

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The Call of the Wild
Subsection   Gold Rushes
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Jack London
Publisher   Various publishers and editions,
Buck, stolen from his home in California, is shipped north during the height of the Klondike Gold Rush as a work dog. A classic tale of adventure and survival.

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The Great Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail
Subsection   Iditarod
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Debbie S. Miller
Illustrator     Jon Van Zyle
Publisher   Walker, 2002
In 1925 children in Nome were dying. They needed medicine but the weather was so bad that no planes could fly, so dog mushers organized a relay that would carry the precious serum from Nenana to Nome.

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Woodsong
Subsection   Iditarod
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Gary Paulsen
Publisher   Bradbury Press, 1990
For readers who love books by Gary Paulsen (Hatchet etc), this book gives you a look at Paulsen's own life and his love of adventure and dogs.

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Dancing at the Odinochka
Subsection   Russian America
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Kirkpatrick Hill
Publisher   Margaret K. McElderry, 2005
The Odinochka is a trading post. The time is just after the Russians sold Alaska to the U.S. Life remains much like it was in Russian America…until Americans arrive to build a telegraph line.

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Gold Star Sister
Subsection   World War II
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Claire Rudolf Murphy
Publisher   Lodestar, 1994
While helping take care of her Gram, 13 year-old Carrie discovers a long-held secret--her Gram had a brother who died in the Aleutians during World War II. Among his things is an unopened letter from a dying soldier to his infant son that Carrie vows to deliver.
Learning Alaska Style
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Wild Critters
Subsection   Poetry
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Tim Jones
Illustrator   Tom Walker
Publisher   Epicenter Press, 1992, 2007
Short, fun poems paired with bright photographs introduce favorite critters of the North.
Learning Alaska Stype
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Alaska in Maps: A Thematic Atlas
Subsection   Maps
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Roger W. Pearson and Marjorie Hermans
Publisher   University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1998
This collection of maps are each focused on geographic characteristics of Alaska. Together they present a picture of Alaska, including how it has changed over time.
Nature
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A Bear Named Trouble
Subsection   Animals
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Marion Dane Bauer
Publisher   Clarion, 2005
Based on a real story, find out how a wild bear who enters a zoo earns his name. Told from both the bear's point of view and the 10 year-old boy who sees what happens.

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Arctic Tale - Junior Novelization
Subsection   Animals
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Barry Varela
Publisher   National Geographic, 2007
A longer version for older readers of the companion book to a National Geographic film for older readers telling the stories of a walrus calf and a polar bear cub, following them from birth.

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Julie
Subsection   Animals
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Jean Craighead George
Publisher   HarperCollins, 1994
In this sequel to Julie of the Wolves, Julie returns to her village after living in the wilderness for months among the wolves and finds much has changed.

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Julie of the Wolves
Subsection   Animals
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Jean Craighead George
Publisher   HarperCollins, 1972
After running away from her Inupiat Eskimo village, Julie finds friendship and safety among a pack of Arctic wolves. She can't live that way forever. She has to choose between the old ways and the new.

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Julie's Wolf Pack
Subsection   Animals
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Jean Craighead George
Publisher   HarperCollins, 1997
In this third book in the Julie series, the story follows the wolf pack that saved Julie in book one.

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Kavik the Wolf Dog
Subsection   Animals
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Walt Morey
Publisher   Dutton, 1968
From the auther of "Gentle Ben" is the story of a wolf-dog who travels from Washington State to Alaska to return to the boy who once saved his life

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Toklat: The Story of an Alaskan Grizzly Bear
Subsection   Animals
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Elma and Alfred Milott
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1987
Spend a year in a log cabin in the wilderness at Denali Park and meet all the wildlife, including a grizzly and her three cubs.

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Wild Critters
Subsection   Animals
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Tim Jones
Illustrator   Tom Walker
Publisher   Epicenter Press, 1992, 2007
Short, fun poems paired with bright photographs introduce favorite critters of the North.

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Looking for Seabirds: Journal from an Alaskan Voyage
Subsection   Birds
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Sophie Webb
Publisher   Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Follow the adventures of Sophie Webb who travels to and around the Aleutian Islands in search of seabirds

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One Wing's Gift: Rescuing Alaska's Wild Birds
Subsection   Birds
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Joan Harris
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2002
You'll be amazed by the stories of injured birds and the people who rescue and nurse them back to health.

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Arctic Thaw: The People of the Whale in a Changing Climate
Subsection   Fish & Sea Creatures
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Peter Lourie
Publisher   Boyds Mills, 2007
How will global warming impact the people of the Far North?

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Alaska in Maps: A Thematic Atlas
Subsection   Geography
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Roger W. Pearson and Marjorie Hermans
Publisher   University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1998
This collection of maps are each focused on geographic characteristics of Alaska. Together they present a picture of Alaska, including how it has changed over time.

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Disappearing Lake: Nature's Magic in Denali National Park
Subsection   Geography
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Debbie S. Miller
Illustrator     Jon Van Zyle
Publisher   Walker, 1997
In April as the snow melts in Denali National Park, a lake forms. By June the water has seeped into the ground and the lake is gone. Learn how this temporary lake supports birds, animals and the land around it.

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Down the Yukon
Subsection   Geography
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Will Hobbs
Publisher   HarperCollins, 2001
The sequel to Jason's Gold takes readers back to Gold Rush Dawson City. Jason and his girlfriend enter a boat race to Nome with a big prize but big risks.

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Frozen in Motion: Alaska's Glaciers
Subsection   Glaciers
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Katherine Hocker
Illustrator   Kathy Lepley
Publisher   Alaska Geographic, 2006
Ever wondered about what a glacier looks like or sounds like? This book answers those questions and a lot more.

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Stickeen: John Muir and the Brave Little Dog
Subsection   Glaciers
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   John Muir as retold by Donnell Rubay
Illustrator   Christopher Canyon
Publisher   Dawn Publications, 1998
A very readable retelling of this classic story how John Muir and the dog Stickeen survive a blizzard on a glacier and earn each other's trust.

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Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights
Subsection   Weather & Seasons
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Debbie S. Miller
Publisher   Walker, 2003
From the very short days of winter to the neverending days of summer, this book explores the seasons of light and dark near the Arctic Circle.

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Arctic Thaw: The People of the Whale in a Changing Climate
Subsection   Weather & Seasons
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Peter Lourie
Publisher   Boyds Mills, 2007
How will global warming impact the people of the Far North?

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Big Alaska: Journey Across America's Most Amazing State
Subsection   Geography
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Debbie S. Miller
Illustrator     Jon Van Zyle
Publisher   Walker, 2006
A good introduction to Alaska. Visit the tallest mountain, an active volcano, among the many wonders of Alaska.

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Polar Bear Scientists
Subsection   Animals
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Peter Lourie
Publisher   Houghton Mifflin, 2012
In this Scientist in the Field series, Peter Lourie follows biologists in Alaska as they gather information about polar bears, then takes readers back to the lab to see how they record and keep all the data collected. A great insider view with spectacular photos.
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