Come celebrate the Big Read with us!

Monroe County is participating in the “Big Read”, which is a program in which we celebrate a classic piece of literature as a family. We’ll all be reading “Call of the Wild” and we’ll have quite a few programs based around the book.
Tonight we’ll be starting our Big Read programs off with our Family Book Discussion at 6:30pm. For more information about the Big Read, as well as to find all the programs in Monroe County, go here.

Have you already read Call of the Wild, but you want some books about Alaska or the wilderness near Alaska? Check out these books!

Diamond Willow by Helen Frost
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.

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

Aleutian sparrow by Karen Hesse
An Aleutian Islander recounts her suffering during World War II in American internment camps designed to “protect” the population from the invading Japanese.

Dancing at the Odinochka by Kirkpatrick Hill
In the 1860s, Erinia Pavaloff’s life at a trading post in Russian America gets more complicated when the region is annexed to the United States and members of the small community become American Alaskans. Inspired by the 5-page memoir written by the real Erinia Pavaloff in 1936.

Do not pass go by Kirkpatrick Hill
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.

Do not pass go by Kirkpatrick Hill
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.

The year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill
Ten-year-old Fred (short for Frederika) narrates the story of school and village life among the Athapascans in Alaska during 1948 when Miss Agnes arrived as the new teacher.

Jason’s gold by Will Hobbs
When news of the discovery of gold in Canada’s Yukon Territory in 1897 reaches fifteen-year-old Jason, he embarks on a 10,000-mile journey to strike it rich.

Leaving Protection by Will Hobbs
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.

The winter road by Terry Hokenson
Seventeen-year-old Willa, still grieving over the death of her older brother and the neglect of her father, decides to fly a small plane to fetch her mother from Northern Ontario, but when the plane crashes she is all alone in the snowy wilderness.

Upstream by Melissa Lion
After her boyfriend is killed in a hunting accident, Alaska high-school-senior Marty, with help from her mother and two younger sisters, tries to get over her grief and begin a new life.

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.

North by Donna Napoli
Tired of his mother’s over-protectiveness and intrigued by the life of African American explorer Matthew Henson, twelve-year-old Alvin travels north and spends a season with a trapper near the Arctic Circle.

Black Star, Bright Dawn by Scott O’Dell
Bright Dawn must face the challenge of the Iditarod dog sled race alone when her father is injured.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
(and many others by this author)
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
(and many others by this author)
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

The Great Death by John E Smelcer
As their Alaskan village’s only survivors of sickness brought by white men one winter early in the twentieth century, sisters Millie, aged thirteen, and Maura, ten, make their way south in hopes of finding someone alive.

The trap by John E Smelcer
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.

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather’s farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.

Maata’s Journal by Paul Sullivan
Stranded on an island during a mapping expedition in 1924, a seventeen-year-old Inuit girl writes about her life on the tundra and the changes brought about by the Europeans who settled Canada.

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About kitkat

I'm a teen services librarian in Chili (pronounced Chai-Lie) New York with a passion for engaging teens in the love of reading, libraries and having fun!
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