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Gold Star Sister
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
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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Seldovia Sam and the Sea Otter Rescue
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Susan Woodward Springer
Illustrator   Amy Meissner
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2003
Sam discovers a baby sea otter abandonned on the rocks offshore and rescues the pup. Did he do the right thing? Can he find the otter a good home?

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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.

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Unseen Companion
Level   Ages 14 & up
Author   Denise Gosliner Orenstein
Publisher   Katherine Tegen, 2003
A compelling story of the interconnected lives of four teenagers in Bethel. The central character is a young man who disappears after being jailed for hitting a teacher.
Pets
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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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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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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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Patsy Ann of Alaska
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Tricia Brown
Illustrator   Jim Fowler
Publisher   Sasquatch Books, 2011
The true story of one of the most famous dogs in Alaska. A statue of Patsy Ann stands in Juneau today as a reminder of this friendly dog.

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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.

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The Call of the Wild
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 Klondike Cat
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Julie Lawson
Illustrator   Paul Mombourquette
Publisher   Kids Can Press, 2002
Young Noah doesn't want to leave the family cat behind when he and his father head to the Yukon in search of gold. Will the cat be a burden or bring good luck?
Relationships
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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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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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Baby in a Basket
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Gloria Rand
Illustrator   Ted Rand
Publisher   Cobblehill Books, 1997
When a baby bundled in a basket against the deep cold of an Alaskan winter gets bumped out of the sleigh, will she be found? Based on a true story.

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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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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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Do Not Pass Go
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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Far North in the Arctic: Counting Alaska's Animals
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Cory Hansen
Publisher   Sasquatch Books, 1994
Come along and meet some of Alaska's animals.

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Gold Rush Runaway
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 Rush Winter
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author     Claire Rudolf Murphy
Illustrator   Richard Waldrep
Publisher   Random House, 2005
Young Klondy Nelson and her mother finally join her father in Nome. But will she fit in in this isolated gold rush town?

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Gold Star Sister
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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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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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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Norman Tuttle on the Last Frontier: A Novel in Stories
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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On Mother's Lap
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Ann Herbert Scott
Illustrator   Glo Coalson
Publisher   Clarion, 1992
A comforting lesson about sharing and a mother's love.

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On Mother's Lap
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Ann Herbert Scott
Illustrator   Glo Coalson
Publisher   McGraw-Hill, 1972
A comforting lesson about sharing and a mother's love.

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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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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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Petticoat Fisherman
Level   Ages 14 & up
Author   Elsa Pedersen
Illustrator   Charles Shaw
Publisher   Atheneum, 1969
After a 17 year-old girl wrecks her father's car, she must work on her father's fishing boat for the summer.

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Quilt of Dreams
Level   Ages 6 to 9
Author     Mindy Dwyer
Illustrator   Mindy Dwyer
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2000
After Katy's grandmother dies, Katy and her mom find the beginnings of a quilt labeled "Kate." Together they solve the mystery of the quilt and capture memories of Gram.

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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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Revolver
Level   Ages 12 & up
Author     Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher   Roaring Brook, 2009
A story full of suspense involving a 14 year-old boy, the Colt revolver his father taught him to shoot, and a stranger claiming he's owed half of the gold stashed at the remote cabin where the boy sits with his father's frozen corpse.

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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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Seldovia Sam and the Blueberry Bear
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author   Susan Woodward Springer
Illustrator   Amy Meissner
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2005
Sam's blueberry picking is interrupted by a bear. He decides to write about the adventure for a school essay contest, but is worried his best friend, who was with him, will write abou the same thing.

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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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The Bite of the Gold Bug: A Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush
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
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 Klondike Cat
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Julie Lawson
Illustrator   Paul Mombourquette
Publisher   Kids Can Press, 2002
Young Noah doesn't want to leave the family cat behind when he and his father head to the Yukon in search of gold. Will the cat be a burden or bring good luck?

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The Salmon Princess: An Alaska Cinderella Story
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Mindy Dwyer
Illustrator   Mindy Dwyer
Publisher   Sasquatch Books, 2004
What if Cinderella lived in Alaska? How would the story be different?

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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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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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Unseen Companion
Level   Ages 14 & up
Author   Denise Gosliner Orenstein
Publisher   Katherine Tegen, 2003
A compelling story of the interconnected lives of four teenagers in Bethel. The central character is a young man who disappears after being jailed for hitting a teacher.

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Williwaw!
Level   Ages 10 & up
Author   Tom Bodett
Publisher   Knopf, 1999
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