Notable Children’s Book in the Field of Social Studies
Benjamin Franklin Award for Children’s Books 2002
“[An] exciting and captivating memoir.” — Publishers Weekly
“This exciting book contains numerous photographs (taken by Flowers), excerpts from the author’s trip log, vivid descriptions of close calls and breathtaking adventure, and even some tips on arctic travel… It’s an inspiring story, well told.” — Booklist
“A superbly written adventure story that makes for a fine armchair read…travelogue packed with ongoing action and true-live adventure.” — The Bookwatch
“Beautiful color photographs greatly enhance this delightful and well-written story of perseverance. Recommended for public libraries.” — Library Journal
“Forget mystery novels! I couldn’t put this book down. Don’t pick it up if you have to get up early in the morning—I stayed up all night reading it!…The combination of adventure, personal challenge and the author’s lyrical love of her dogs makes this book impossible to put down….A compelling and wonderful book about a brave, adventuresome woman and her devoted dogs. Deserves to be a best seller.” — Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Host of Calling All Pets public radio show
“In 1993-94, Flowers went on the adventure of a lifetime, traveling 2500 miles of the North American arctic coast by dogsled….This chronicle of her trip cuts right to the chase, as it were, describing her day-by-day travails as she dealt with obstacles ranging from wayward dogs to the odd bear, bitter cold to freakishly warm weather…The pace is swift, and the pages are broken up with sidebars and photographs that help make the layout inviting. Fans of outdoor adventure will find this a satisfying armchair jaunt.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
3 responses to “Alone Across the Arctic”
I wonder if there is an audio or kindle version for middle school?
That’s an excellent question. I’ll check into it with the publisher. I know there was some talk of an e-book but apparently it hasn’t happened yet!
I’m so glad you asked! Alone Across the Arctic is now scheduled to convert to an e-book. The publisher tells me it takes about three months to process, so around mid-February. Just in time, I hope, for the dog mushing season.