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Aleut
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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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Aleutian Sparrow
Level   Ages 12 & up
Author     Karen Hesse
Publisher   Margaret K. McElderry, 2003
A moving story of Vera, a teenager who is forced to relocate with her fellow villagers when the Japanese invade the Aleutians.

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Children of the Midnight Sun: Young Native Voices of Alaska
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author     Tricia Brown
Illustrator   Roy Corral
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1998
Pictures and interviews with children from around Alaska show us what it's like to be a Native Alaskan kid today--Aleut, Athabaskan, Inupiat, Tlingit, Haida, Tshimshian, and Yupik.

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The Wind Is Not a River
Level   Ages 8 to 12
Author   Arnold Griese
Illustrator   Glo Coalson
Publisher   Boyds Mills Press, 1996
When the Japanese invade the Aleutians, two children escape capture. How do they survive?
Art
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The War Canoe
Level   Ages 14 & up
Author   Jamie S. Bryson
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1990, 2009
Teenaged Mickey isn't sure who he is or what he is supposed to do. It would be easy for him to throw his life away, but a vision of a war canoe filled with his Tlingit ancestors and the help of a history teacher and a carver help him find his purpose.
Athabascan
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Anna's Athabascan Summer
Level   Ages 6 to 9
Author   Arnold Griese
Illustrator   Charles Ragins
Publisher   Boyd Mills, 1995
Spend the summer with Anna and her family at their summer fish camp in Interior Alaska..

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At the Mouth of the Luckiest River
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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Children of the Midnight Sun: Young Native Voices of Alaska
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author     Tricia Brown
Illustrator   Roy Corral
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1998
Pictures and interviews with children from around Alaska show us what it's like to be a Native Alaskan kid today--Aleut, Athabaskan, Inupiat, Tlingit, Haida, Tshimshian, and Yupik.

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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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The Girl Who Swam With the Fish
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Michelle Renner
Illustrator   Christine Cox
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1995
A young Yup'ik girl can't wait for the salmon to return. She sits by the river watching then falls in. What happen next is a journey that will help her people make sure the salmon always return.

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The Great Death
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
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
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
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
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author     Kirkpatrick Hill
Publisher   Margaret K. McElderry, 1993
Can Tough Boy and Sister survive alone at 50 below zero?
Haida
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Children of the Midnight Sun: Young Native Voices of Alaska
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author     Tricia Brown
Illustrator   Roy Corral
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1998
Pictures and interviews with children from around Alaska show us what it's like to be a Native Alaskan kid today--Aleut, Athabaskan, Inupiat, Tlingit, Haida, Tshimshian, and Yupik.
Inupiat
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Arctic Hunter
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Dianne Hoyt-Goldsmith
Illustrator   Lawrence Migdale
Publisher   Holiday House, 1992
Join this Inupiat family on their annual spring camp trip to hunt and fish. Learn how a modern Arctic family mixes old ways with the new.

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Arctic Thaw: The People of the Whale in a Changing Climate
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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Berry Woman's Children
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Dale DeArmond
Illustrator   Dale DeArmond
Publisher   William Morrow, 1985
An Inupiat Grandmother tells stories of the animals and birds that Raven asked Berry Woman to look after.

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Blessing's Bead
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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Caribou Girl
Level   Ages 6 to 9
Author     Claire Rudolf Murphy
Illustrator   Linda Russell
Publisher   Roberts Rinehart, 1998
Caribou Girl sets out to find the caribou her family needs to survive.

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Children of the Midnight Sun: Young Native Voices of Alaska
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author     Tricia Brown
Illustrator   Roy Corral
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1998
Pictures and interviews with children from around Alaska show us what it's like to be a Native Alaskan kid today--Aleut, Athabaskan, Inupiat, Tlingit, Haida, Tshimshian, and Yupik.

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Eskimo Boy: Life in an Inupiaq Eskimo Village
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Russ Kendall
Illustrator   Russ Kendall
Publisher   Scholastic, 1992
A year in the life of a 7 year-old boy from Shishmaref, Alaska with photographs.

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Go Home, River
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   James S. Magdanz
Illustrator   Dianne Widom
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1996
Where does the river begin? Travel back in time and along the river from its beginning to the coast where Inupiat Eskimos gathered for a big festival.

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Julie
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
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
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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King Island Christmas
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Jean Rogers
Illustrator   Rie Mu¤oz
Publisher   Greenwillow, 1985
Experience winter and Christmas on King Island, a remote island off the coast of Alaska.

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Kumak's Fish: A Tall Tale from the Far North
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Michael Bania
Illustrator   Michael Bania
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2004
Kumak and his family go ice fishing. Everyone is catching fish, but Kumak is waiting for his uncle's special hook to work it's magic. Before long, the whole village is helping Kumak land his fish.

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Mama, Do You Love Me?
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Barbara M. Joose
Illustrator   Barbara Lavallee
Publisher   Chronicle, 1991
A little Inuit girl tests her mother's love and yes, mama does love her in spite of all her mischief.

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Neeluk : An Eskimo boy in the Days of the Whaling Ships
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Frances Kittredge
Illustrator   Howard "Weyahok" Rock
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2001
Travel back in time and see what life was like in a small arctic village at the time of the great whaling ships.

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Once Upon an Eskimo Time
Level   Ages 14 & up
Author   Edna Wilder
Publisher   University of Alaska Press, 1987
From gathering sea bird eggs on the cliffs of the Bering Sea to picking berries on the tundra, this window in time shows what life was like for a young Inupiat girl before white people arrived in the Far North.

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Tales of Ticasuk: Eskimo Legends & Stories
Level   Ages 14 & up
Author   Emily Ivanoff Brown "Ticasuk"
Illustrator   Eugene C. and Mary Lou Totten
Publisher   University of Alaska Press, 1987
Emily Ivanoff Brown retells legends from her culture and weaves in her own stories too. A window into another time and place.

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The Boy Who Found the Light: Eskimo Folktales
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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The Lamp, the Ice and the Boat Called Fish: Based On a True Story
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrator     Beth Krommes
Publisher   Houghton Mifflin, 2001
Based on a true story, read how a boat's crew survives a winter trapped in the Arctic ice.

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The Seal Oil Lamp
Level   All Ages
Author   Dale DeArmond
Illustrator   Dale DeArmond
Publisher   Sierra Club Books, 1998
Based on an Eskimo folktale, this is the story of a blind boy whose life is saved by the mouse people.

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The Seasons and Someone
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Virginia Kroll
Illustrator   Tatsuro Kiuchi
Publisher   Harcourt Brace, 1994
A little girl who calls herself "Someone" shares what is special about each season in the far north.

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Water Sky
Level   Ages 12 & up
Author     Jean Craighead George
Publisher   Harper & Row, 1987
A young man comes to Barrow looking for his uncle and is ultimately confronted with a dilemma--to hunt the whale or save it.

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Whale Snow
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Debby Dahl Edwardson
Illustrator   Annie Patterson
Publisher   Charlesbridge, 2003
Whale snow is the fat snow that falls in the spring--the time of whale hunting. What does it mean to a place like Barrow when a whale is killed and shared by the community?

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Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist
Level   Ages 12 & up
Author     Peter Lourie
Publisher   Houghton Mifflin, 2009
Craig George is the son of children's author Jean Craighead George. He is a scientist who studies whales from Barrow. What would it be like to have his job for a year. Find out in this book!

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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.
Tlingit
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A Totem Tale
Level   Ages 6 to 9
Author     Deb Vanasse
Illustrator   Erik Brooks
Publisher   Sasquatch Books, 2006
Find out when the creatures in a totem pole come to life: beaver, bear, raven, eagle, wolf, and frog. The story behind the pole is a key.

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Children of the Midnight Sun: Young Native Voices of Alaska
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author     Tricia Brown
Illustrator   Roy Corral
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1998
Pictures and interviews with children from around Alaska show us what it's like to be a Native Alaskan kid today--Aleut, Athabaskan, Inupiat, Tlingit, Haida, Tshimshian, and Yupik.

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Kahtahah
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Frances Lackey Paul
Illustrator   Rie Mu¤oz
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2000
Read what life was like for a young Tlingit girl in the 1800s.

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Meet Lydia: A Native Girl from Southeast Alaska
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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Raven House Mouse
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Jan Steinbright
Illustrator   Robert Davis
Publisher   Winternights Publishing, 2007
A lonely orphan mouse finds a home in a Tlingit Clan House.

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The War Canoe
Level   Ages 14 & up
Author   Jamie S. Bryson
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1990, 2009
Teenaged Mickey isn't sure who he is or what he is supposed to do. It would be easy for him to throw his life away, but a vision of a war canoe filled with his Tlingit ancestors and the help of a history teacher and a carver help him find his purpose.

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Touching Spirit Bear
Level   Ages 12 & up
Author     Ben Mikaelsen
Publisher   HarperCollins, 2001
Cole is banished to a year in the wilderness after he severely injures a boy in a fight.
Tsimshian
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Children of the Midnight Sun: Young Native Voices of Alaska
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author     Tricia Brown
Illustrator   Roy Corral
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1998
Pictures and interviews with children from around Alaska show us what it's like to be a Native Alaskan kid today--Aleut, Athabaskan, Inupiat, Tlingit, Haida, Tshimshian, and Yupik.

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The Prince and the Salmon People
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.
Way of Life
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A Totem Tale
Level   Ages 6 to 9
Author     Deb Vanasse
Illustrator   Erik Brooks
Publisher   Sasquatch Books, 2006
Find out when the creatures in a totem pole come to life: beaver, bear, raven, eagle, wolf, and frog. The story behind the pole is a key.

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Anna's Athabascan Summer
Level   Ages 6 to 9
Author   Arnold Griese
Illustrator   Charles Ragins
Publisher   Boyd Mills, 1995
Spend the summer with Anna and her family at their summer fish camp in Interior Alaska..

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Arctic Hunter
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Dianne Hoyt-Goldsmith
Illustrator   Lawrence Migdale
Publisher   Holiday House, 1992
Join this Inupiat family on their annual trip to spring camp to hunt and fish. Learn how a modern Arctic family mixes old ways with the new.

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At the Mouth of the Luckiest River
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.

chimid.jpg
Children of the Midnight Sun: Young Native Voices of Alaska
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author     Tricia Brown
Illustrator   Roy Corral
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1998
Pictures and interviews with children from around Alaska show us what it's like to be a Native Alaskan kid today--Aleut, Athabaskan, Inupiat, Tlingit, Haida, Tshimshian, and Yupik.

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Dance on a Sealskin
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Barbara Winslow
Illustrator   Teri Sloat
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1995
Annie is nervous about dancing in front of the entire village for the first time. Why is it so important to learn the dances of her ancestors?

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Kitaq Goes Ice Fishing
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Margaret Nicolai
Illustrator   David Rubin
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1998
Little Kitaq can go ice fishing with his Grandpa IF he can walk all the way to the river and back. Does he catch fish for his family and does he keep his promise?

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Kumak's Fish: A Tall Tale from the Far North
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Michael Bania
Illustrator   Michael Bania
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2004
Kumak and his family go ice fishing. Everyone is catching fish, but Kumak is waiting for his uncle's special hook to work it's magic. Before long, the whole village is helping Kumak land his fish.

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Once Upon an Eskimo Time
Level   Ages 14 & up
Author   Edna Wilder
Publisher   University of Alaska Press, 1987
From gathering sea bird eggs on the cliffs of the Bering Sea to picking berries on the tundra, this window in time shows what life was like for a young Inupiat girl before white people arrived in the Far North.

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The Girl Who Swam With the Fish
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Michelle Renner
Illustrator   Christine Cox
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1995
A young Yup'ik girl can't wait for the salmon to return. She sits by the river watching then falls in. What happen next is a journey that will help her people make sure the salmon always return.

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The Kids from Nowhere
Level   Ages 14 & up
Author     George Guthridge
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2006
Kids from Gambell, Alaska win a national academic competition against all odds.

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The Prince and the Salmon People
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
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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Touching Spirit Bear
Level   Ages 12 & up
Author     Ben Mikaelsen
Publisher   HarperCollins, 2001
Cole is banished to a year in the wilderness after he severely injures a boy in a fight.

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Water Sky
Level   Ages 12 & up
Author     Jean Craighead George
Publisher   Harper & Row, 1987
A young man comes to Barrow looking for his uncle and is ultimately confronted with a dilemma--to hunt the whale or save it.

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Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist
Level   Ages 12 & up
Author     Peter Lourie
Publisher   Houghton Mifflin, 2009
Craig George is the son of children's author Jean Craighead George. He is a scientist who studies whales from Barrow. What would it be like to have his job for a year. Find out in this book!
Yup'ik
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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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Berry Magic
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Teri Sloat and Betty Huffmon
Illustrator   Teri Sloat
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2004
Find out how Alaskan berries got their colors at yummy tastes. Would you believe it was a young girl and her dolls?

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Children of the Midnight Sun: Young Native Voices of Alaska
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author     Tricia Brown
Illustrator   Roy Corral
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1998
Pictures and interviews with children from around Alaska show us what it's like to be a Native Alaskan kid today--Aleut, Athabaskan, Inupiat, Tlingit, Haida, Tshimshian, and Yupik.

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Dance on a Sealskin
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Barbara Winslow
Illustrator   Teri Sloat
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1995
Annie is nervous about dancing in front of the entire village for the first time. Why is it so important to learn the dances of her ancestors?

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Goodbye, My Island
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Jean Rogers
Illustrator   Rie Mu¤oz
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1983, 2001
A 12 year-old girl faces change as all the people in her village decide they have to leave their special island for good. Live through the last year people lived on remote King Island in Alaska.

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Kitaq Goes Ice Fishing
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Margaret Nicolai
Illustrator   David Rubin
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1998
Little Kitaq can go ice fishing with his Grandpa IF he can walk all the way to the river and back. Does he catch fish for his family and does he keep his promise?

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Runaway Mittens
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Jean Rogers
Illustrator   Rie Mu¤oz
Publisher   Greenwillow, 1988
Pica lives in the far north where mittens are a must if one wants to have any fun, but his mittens keep getting lost.

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The Eye of the Needle
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Teri Sloat
Illustrator   Teri Sloat
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2001
In this legend, after a very long winter, a very hungry boy goes out in search of food. Will he eat everything he sees or will he bring back anything to his village?
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