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Ice Island Hardcover – January 10, 2012

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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."
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"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."
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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385741545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385741545
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,104,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Ice Island is a must read for ages 10 yrs and up. Boys, Girls and Dog Lovers. This is not just another adventure story. It puts you right in the dogsled with Tatum.
This book really hyped me up for my next trip to Alaska.
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