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Boating
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Wild Man Island
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!
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.
Camping
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Winter Camp
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Kirkpatrick Hill
Publisher   Margaret K. McElderry, 1993
Can Tough Boy and Sister survive alone at 50 below zero?
Climbing
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Mountain Climbing: Scaling the Heights
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Monica Devine
Illustrator   Kay Ewald
Publisher   Perfection Learning, 1997
The story of a boy and his father who hope to climb Mt. McKinley tells what it takes to climb a mountain.

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To the Summit
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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Up on Denali
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Shelley Gill
Illustrator   Shannon Cartwright
Publisher   Sasquatch Books/Paws IV , 2006
If you want to know how Denali came to be, what animals and plants live there, you'll have fun with this book.
Dog Sledding
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A Puppy Named GIH
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Sara Machatanz
Illustrator   Fred Machetanz
Publisher   Charles Scribner's Sons, 1957
A litter of Alaskan Malemute puppies are raised and trained to be sled dogs. See how Gih, the Eskimo word for "go" becomes the leader of the team.

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Akiak: A Tale from the Iditarod
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Robert J. Blake
Illustrator   Robert J. Blake
Publisher   Philomel, 1997
Akiak hurts her paw during the Iditarod and has to be "dropped" but she refuses to go home. Anyone who loves dogs and the Iditarod will appreciate this adventure story.

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Alone Across the Arctic
Level   Ages 12 & up
Author     Pam Flowers and Ann Dixon
Illustrator   Photos by Pam Flowers
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2001
Follow Anna, Douggie, their six dog teammates and Pam, the only human, on their year-old 2,5000 mile trip across the top of the world.

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Big-Enough Anna: the Little Sled Dog Who Braved the Arctic
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Pam Flowers and Ann Dixon
Illustrator   Bill Farnsworth
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2003
Will little Anna, who everyone else thought was too small to join the dog team, prove she is big enough after all?

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Danger: The Dog Yard Cat
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Libby Riddles and Shannon Cartwright
Illustrator   Shannon Cartwright
Publisher   Sasquatch Books/Paws IV, 2002
Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the Iditarod, tells the story of her cat who wanted to be a lead dog. Lots of great information about running the Iditarod and dog mushing.

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Diamond Willow
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
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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Dogteam
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Gary Paulsen
Illustrator   Ruth Wright Paulsen
Publisher   Delacorte, 1993
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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Douggie: The Playful Pup Who Became a Sled Dog Hero
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author     Pam Flowers
Illustrator     Jon Van Zyle
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2008
Douggie is the class clown of his fellow dog teammates. Owner Pam sees a spark that says he could be a great lead dog. Can Douggie live up to her belief in him?

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Granite
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Susan Butcher and David Monson
Illustrator   Sarah Douglas
Publisher   Trail Breaker Kennel, 2007
Susan Butcher won the Iditarod 4 times. Granite was her greatest lead dog, but he didn't start out that way. Susan saw potential in the scruffy pup and even when the doctors said he would never be strong enough to run the race, Granite and Susan didn't give up.

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Kiana's Iditarod
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Shelley Gill
Illustrator   Shannon Cartwright
Publisher   Sasquatch Books/Paws IV, 1990
Kiana faces many challenges as lead dog of team racing the Iditarod.

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Mush! Across Alaska in the World's Longest Sled-Dog Race
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Patricia Seibert
Illustrator   Jan Davey Ellis
Publisher   Millbrook Press, 1992
Nice introduction to the Iditarod Sled Dog race.

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Painter and Ugly
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Robert J. Blake
Illustrator   Robert J. Blake
Publisher   Philomel, 2011
A story of friendship and teamwork on the Iditarod trail.

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Scrub Dog of Alaska
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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Sled Dogs Run
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Jonathan London
Illustrator   Jon Van Zyle
Publisher   Walker, 2005
A young girl's first solo sled dog run is full of thrills.

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Storm Run: The Story of the First Woman to Win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Libby Riddles
Illustrator   Shannon Cartwright
Publisher   Sasquatch Books/Paws IV , 2002
This is the story of how Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod.

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The Iditarod: Story of the Last Great Race
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Ian Young
Publisher   Red Brick Learning, 2003
History of the Iditarod, stories of top mushers, and the top dogs of the race.

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Togo
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Robert J. Blake
Illustrator   Robert J. Blake
Publisher   Philomel, 2002
Balto has gotten much of the credit for getting the life-saving serum to Nome, but Togo is the unsung hero. This is his story.

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Woodsong
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.
Getting Food
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The Trap
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.
Journeys
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Adventure at the Bottom of the World, Adventure at the Top of the World
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Shelley Gill
Illustrator   Gordon Wiltsie
Publisher   Sasquatch Books/Paws IV, 1996
Read about two adventurers: one is Merrick Johnson, the youngest person to climb Mt. McKinley and the other is 89 year-old Norman Vaughn who returned to Antarctica when most people were long retired.

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Alone Across the Arctic
Level   Ages 12 & up
Author     Pam Flowers and Ann Dixon
Illustrator     Pam Flowers
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2001
Follow Anna, Douggie, their six dog teammates and Pam, the only human, on their year-old 2,5000 mile trip across the top of the world.

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Dogsong
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
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
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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John Muir and Stickeen: An Icy Adventure with a No-Good Dog
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Julie Dunlap and Marybeth Lorbiecki
Illustrator   Bill Farnsworth
Publisher   North Word, 2004
John Muir sets out to explore a glacier in what he expects to be a one-day trek with a friend's dog tagging along. When a storm hits, the hike becomes a test of survival and gives Muir a new respect for dogs.

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Kavik the Wolf Dog
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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Runaways on the Inside Passage
Level   Ages 12 & up
Author   Joe Upton
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2002
Thirteen year-old twins, a brother and sister set off in November with the elderly fishing partner from Seattle in search of their father who they think is in Sitka. Can they weather the winter storms by themselves when their guide becomes very sick?

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Salty Sails North
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Gloria Rand
Illustrator   Ted Rand
Publisher   Henry Holt, 1990
Salty Dog sails north to Alaska and has many adventures.

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Stickeen: John Muir and the Brave Little Dog
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.
Survival
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A Distant Enemy
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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Alaska's Heroes: A Call to Courage
Level   Ages 14 & up
Author   Nancy Warren Ferrell
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2002
Every year the Governor of Alaska recognizes people who have risked their own lives to save others in danger. This book tells the exciting stories of some of these amazing heros.

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Aleutian Boy
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
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
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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Seldovia Sam and the Very Large Clam
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Susan Woodward Springer
Illustrator   Amy Meissner
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2003
Sam and his dog Neptune are out digging clams. He is so busy he doesn't notice the tide coming in until it is too late.

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Seldovia Sam and the Wildfire Escape
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Susan Woodward Springer
Illustrator   Amy Meissner
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2005
It's a dry summer in Seldovia and when campers are careless a fire threatens the town.

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Wild Man Island
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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Winter Walk: A Century-Old Survival Story from the Arctic
Level   Ages 14 & up
Author   Loretta Outwater Cox
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2003
A young family is at their winter camp running a trapline. But when the father dies, they must make a decision: Do they stay and die like papa or do they risk the long, cold walk back to their village.
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