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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030792954X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307929549
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Riveting and atmospheric, this is a tale of teenage Tatum, who becomes lost and separated from her friend on an Alaskan island with only a team of dogs, a few supplies and her instincts to keep her alive . . . Told in fast-paced third-person, this survival adventure creates an almost otherworldly experience within a treacherous and bracingly beautiful landscape."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Mesmerizing and intense . . . It is a mark of good storytelling that the reader feels both the quiet solitude of vast expanses of snow and the thrilling fear that Tatum and Cole may not make it home again. This adventure will be a hit with both middle grade girls and boys."
- BookPage.com


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About the Author

Travel writer SHERRY SHAHAN (Frozen Stiff) not only talks the talk but walks the walk. She has written many magazine and newspaper articles based on dozens of press trips to the 49th state. Her details of the unforgiving environment and its challenges are both authentic and startling. She has also authored the photo-illustrated Dashing Through the Snow: The Story of the Jr. Iditarod.

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This is a truly engaging read.
Lisa Cocca
Shahan brings the wilderness to life and shows how much mushers love their dog teams.
nikcrs
This book really hyped me up for my next trip to Alaska.
Phillip C. Manor

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Cocca on August 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat adventure story. Tatum dreams of the day she will race in the Iditarod. When a friend asks her mother to look after a lodge for her, Tatum and her mom head to an Alaskan island to help. There she meets a local boy, Cole, who is training for a race. Tatum joins Cole and his team of sled dogs for a practice run. An unexpected blizzard plays havoc with their plans and the pair find themselves trapped by the blinding storm. The afternoon run turns into a multi-day race to survive as Tatum and Cole struggle with sub-zero temperatures, white-outs, dwindling supplies, and hungry dogs. Along the way, readers get a peek into the Yupik culture and into the relationship mushers have with their dog teams. This is a truly engaging read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Grencik on August 31, 2013
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A heart-stopping adventure that exposes the reader to the fascinating culture of the Yupik people and to life-threatening elements of nature that I feel grateful to read about from the comforts of my own home. Tatum and Cole are richly developed characters from opposing worlds who come together to experience the challenge of a lifetime, each in their own way, with their universal love of dogs as their bond. Unlikely friendships are born in this thoughtful and well-crafted story. ICE ISLAND is completely unique, and the author's own passion for life and gigantic heart are evident on every gripping page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By csperryess on October 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As she did in her award-winning novel Frozen Stiff, Sherry gives us a satisfying & very real Alaskan experience. The action is authentic and the human-human relationships and human-dog relationships give us a fascinating look into the lives of two budding mushers. When I read an excerpt of Ice Island for friends, Anne r. Allen (Ghost Writers in the Sky, The Gatsby Game, & How to be a Writer in the E-Age...), commented, "I started to feel cold, just listening to it." D. August Baertlein (Synapse) noted, "Wow! Fantastic reading of a thrilling novel..."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nikcrs on September 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I love stories that take place in Alaska and especially ones that detail the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. ICE ISLAND is set on a remote island off the coast of Nome in teeth-chattering winter. Shahan brings the wilderness to life and shows how much mushers love their dog teams. I fell in love with Cody's lead dog Bandit!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jaded Eye on June 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
We shared this as a family and the kids wouldn't let us put it down. Not that we wanted to.

Shahan has a remarkable knowledge of the terrain, the animals, and human nature.

We all loved it and are going to read her other books too.
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More About the Author

SKIN AND BONES (Albert Whitman) is a quirky love story set in an Eating Disorders hospital. The main character 'Bones' is a 16-year-old nerdboy with anorexia who falls for Alice--an aspiring ballerina and returning anorexic patient. Will she become his next deadly addiction?

ICE ISLAND (Random House, 2013) features teens and their hard-driving sled dogs. Woven into the bone-chilling story is info about the 1925 Serum Run and the history of Alaska's famed 1049-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. ICE ISLAND has been selected for the California Collection 2013 list. novel

PURPLE DAZE is the powerful story of an unforgettable year. It's a story about war, feminism, riots, love, racism, rock 'n' roll, and friendship. Set in suburban Los Angeles in 1965, six high school students share their intense experiences through journal entries, notes, interconnected free verse and traditional poems.

DEATH MOUNTAIN is based on a frightening personal experience: Shahan's backpacking group was caught in a deadly electrical storm on an exposed ridge. The pack horse and mule were struck by lightning and killed; three women in her party were airlifted off the mountain by helicopter.

Her adventures include hiking a leech-infested rain forest in Australia, riding horseback in Africa, and bouncing around inside a dog sled during the famed 1049-mile Iditarod Race in Alaska. And those are just the "A"s . . .

Visit: www.SherryShahan.com