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Northern Picture Books

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Togo - Robert J. Blake (Illustrator)
Call Number: E-N BLAKE
ISBN: 9780399233814
Publication Date: 2002-10-14
In 1925, Togo, a Siberian husky who loves being a sled dog, leads a team that rushes to bring diphtheria antitoxin from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.

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Charlie and the Blanket Toss - Tricia Brown; Sarah Martinsen (Illustrator)
Call Number: E-N BROWN
ISBN: 9781941821077
Publication Date: 2014-09-15
Charlie, an Inupiat boy, is excited about the upcoming festival to celebrate a successful whale hunt, but afraid when he thinks this might be the year he takes part in the traditional blanket toss. Includes glossary and notes on Inupiat whaling traditions.

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The Blueberry Shoe - Ann Dixon; Evon Zerbetz (Illustrator)
Call Number: E-N DIXON
ISBN: 9780882405186
Publication Date: 1999-08-01
When Baby loses a shoe on a blueberry-picking trip, it becomes an object of curiosity for all the animals on Ptarmigan Mountain before being rediscovered by the family with a surprise inside.

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Ten Rowdy Ravens - Susan Ewing; Evon Zerbetz (Illustrator)
Call Number: E-N EWING
ISBN: 9780882406060
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
Take a ride with these ten carefree ravens on their journey from being naughty to loveable.

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Swimmer - Shelley R. Gill; Shannon Cartwright (Illustrator)
Call Number: E-N GILL
ISBN: 9780934007238
Publication Date: 1997-07-29
Swimmer, the Chinook salmon, journeys over 10,000 miles to complete her life cycle, while Katya, the native Alaskan girl, comes of age in her small village along the coast.

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Mama, Do You Love Me? - Barbara M. Joosse; Barbara Lavallee (Illustrator)
Call Number: E-N JOOSSEE
ISBN: 9780877017592
Publication Date: 1991-06-01
A child living in the Arctic learns that a mother's love is unconditional.

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Go Home, River - James Magdanz; Dianne Widom (Illustrator)
Call Number: E-N MAGDANZ
ISBN: 9780882404769
Publication Date: 1996-09-01
In 1875, a young Inupiat boy travels the length of the Kobuk River with his family, from its source in the mountains of northern Alaska to Kotzebue Sound, where they join others for an annual trade fair.

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Lucy's Dance - Deb Vanasse
Call Number: E-N VANASSE
ISBN: 9781602231276
Publication Date: 2011-06-15
Lucy helps her grandfather, and her entire community, recall the traditional dance festivals that they used to enjoy before the outsiders came. Includes author's note on the history of traditional Yupik dance festivals.

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The Eye of the Needle - Teri Sloat (Illustrator, Retold by); Betty Huffmon
Call Number: J-N 398.2089971 SLOAT
ISBN: 9780525446231
Publication Date: 1990-09-06
Sent out by his grandmother to find food, Amik consumes a series of animals of ever-increasing size and brings back more than he thinks. Based on a Yupik tale.


Northern Early Elementary Books

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Gold Rush Winter - Claire Rudolf Murphy; Golden Books Staff; Richard Waldrep (Illustrator)
Call Number: J-N MURPHY
ISBN: 9780307264138
Publication Date: 2002-10-08
At the end of the nineteenth century, Klondy and her mother travel from South Dakota to Alaska to live with Klondy's father, a gold-miner who left when she was just a baby. Based on events in the life of Klondy Nelson.

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The Bravest Dog Ever - Natalie Standiford; Donald Cook (Illustrator)
Call Number: J-N 798.83 STANDIF
ISBN: 9780394896953
Publication Date: 1989-10-17
Recounts the life of Balto, the sled dog who saved Nome, Alaska in 1925 from a diphtheria epidemic by delivering medicine through a raging snowstorm.

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Snow Dogs! - Ian Whitelaw
Call Number: J-N 798.83 WHITELA
ISBN: 9780756640828
Publication Date: 2008-08-18
Mushers and their dogs race through wind, ice, and snow. This book takes readers into the exciting world of dogsled racing, revealing what it takes to be the leader of the pack.


Northern Middle Grade Books

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Williwaw! - Tom Bodett
Call Number: J-N BODETT
ISBN: 9780679890300
Publication Date: 1999-03-16
In their father's absence, thirteen-year-old September and her younger brother Ivan disobey his orders by taking the boat out on their Alaska bay, where they are caught in a terrifying storm called a williwaw.

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The Bite of the Gold Bug - Barthe DeClements; Dan Andreasen (Illustrator)
Call Number: J-N DECLEME
ISBN: 9780140360813
Publication Date: 1994-11-01
Bucky and his father, prospecting for gold in Alaska in 1898, must overcome storms, dangerous mountain trails, and wilderness predators before confronting the final challenge of human treachery.

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Diamond Willow - Helen Frost
Call Number: J-N FROST
ISBN: 9780374317768
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
In a remote area of Alaska, twelve-year-old Willow helps her father with their sled dogs when she is not at school, wishing she were more popular, all the while unaware that the animals surrounding her carry the spirits of dead ancestors and friends who care for her.

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Toughboy and Sister - Kirkpatrick Hill
Call Number: J-N HILL
ISBN: 9780689505065
Publication Date: 1990-09-01
The death of their drunken father strands ten-year-old Toughboy and his younger sister at a remote fishing cabin on the Yukon River near Ruby, Alaska, where they spend a summer trying to cope with dwindling food supplies and hostile wildlife.

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Neeluk - Frances Kittredge; Howard Rock (Illustrator)
Call Number: J-N KITTRED
ISBN: 9780882405452
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
Traces the life of Neeluk and his family through one year in the 1800s in the Arctic land that would later become the state of Alaska.

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Recess at 20 Below - Cindy Aillaud
Call Number: J-N 371.2424 AILLAUD
ISBN: 9780882406046
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
How cold does it have to be before Alaskan kids stay inside for recess? This is a photo book with text written from a child s perspective on what kids do during recess at 20 below.

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Ordinary Dogs, Extraordinary Friendships - Pam Flowers; Jason Baskin (Illustrator)
Call Number: J-N 636.7 FLOWERS
ISBN: 9780882409160
Publication Date: 2013-08-15
Collects eleven stories that showcase dogs exemplifying positive character traits such as wisdom, loyalty, courage, and good judgment.

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Balto and the Great Race - Elizabeth Cody Kimmel; Nora Koerber (Illustrator)
Call Number: J-N 798.8 KIMMEL
ISBN: 9780679891987
Publication Date: 1999-12-21
Recounts how the sled dog Balto saved Nome, Alaska, in 1925 from a diphtheria epidemic by delivering medicine through a raging snowstorm.

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The Great Serum Race - Debbie S. Miller; Jon Van Zyle (Illustrator)
Call Number: J-N 798.8309798 MILLER
ISBN: 9780802777232
Publication Date: 2006-02-21
The story of the heroic role played by sled dogs, including the Siberian husky Togo, in the delivery of antitoxin serum to those stricken with diphtheria in 1925 Nome. Includes historical notes about the event as well as about the Iditarod Sled Dog Race which commemorates it.


Northern Middle and High School Books

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Norman Tuttle on the Last Frontier - Tom Bodett
Call Number: J-N BODETT
ISBN: 9780679890317
Publication Date: 2004-11-09
Episodes in the life of Alaskan teenager, Norman Tuttle, as he grows from ages thirteen to fifteen, falls in love for the first time, and deepens his relationship with his father.

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Bristol Bay Summer - Annie Boochever
Call Number: J-N BOOCHEV
ISBN: 9780882409948
Publication Date: 2014-05-01
Against the backdrop of the great Bristol Bay salmon fishery, thirteen-year-old Zoey Morley struggles with her parents' divorce, her mom's bush-pilot boyfriend, and the pangs of growing up during her summer in the 'real' Alaska.

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My Name Is Not Easy - Debby Dahl Edwardson
Call Number: J-N EDWARDS
ISBN: 9780761459804
Publication Date: 2011-10-01
Alaskans Luke, Chickie, Sonny, Donna, and Amiq relate their experiences in the early 1960s when they are forced to attend a Catholic boarding school where, despite different tribal affiliations, they come to find a sort of family and home.

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Do Not Pass Go - Kirkpatrick Hill
Call Number: J-N HILL
ISBN: 9781416914006
Publication Date: 2007-01-23
When Deet's father is jailed for using drugs, Deet learns that prison is not what he expected, nor are other people necessarily the way he thought they were.

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Leaving Protection - Will Hobbs
Call Number: J-N HOBBS
ISBN: 9780688174750
Publication Date: 2004-04-13
Sixteen-year-old Robbie Daniels, happy to get a job aboard a troller fishing for king salmon off southeastern Alaska, finds himself in danger when he discovers that his mysterious captain is searching for long-buried Russian plaques that lay claim to Alaska and the Northwest.

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Edge of Nowhere - John Smelcer
Call Number: J-N SMELCER
ISBN: 9781935248576
Publication Date: 2014-08-12
Seth is a teenage deckhand on his father's boat when he and his dog are washed overboard and swept to one of Alaska's small islands where they struggle for months to survive off land and sea, while his desperate father endures his own emotional journey and never gives up hope.

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The Trap - John Smelcer
Call Number: J-N SMELCER
ISBN: 9780312377557
Publication Date: 2007-12-26
In alternating chapters, seventeen-year-old Johnny Least-Weasel, who is better known for brains than brawn, worries about his missing grandfather, and the grandfather, Albert Least-Weasel, struggles to survive, caught in his own steel trap in the Alaskan winter.

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Two Old Women - Velma Wallis
Call Number: N 398.2089972 WALLIS
ISBN: 9780945397182
Publication Date: 1993-10-01
Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine. Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying.

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A Native Lad - Hurst, Sarah
Call Number: Y 741.5973 HURST
ISBN: 9780982189696
Publication Date: 2010-08-10
Alaska artists team up to present the life of Benny Benson in graphic format.


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