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A Dog's Way Home
by Bobbie Pyron
After a car accident strands them at opposite ends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, eleven-year-old Abby and her beloved sheltie Tam overcome months filled with physical and emotional challenges to find their way back to each other.
Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure
by David Meissner
Using letters written to their families, newspaper clippings and other primary documents, the author shares a true and riveting tale of two young men who followed the millions who made the perilous journey to the Klondike to find their fortune.
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.
Ordinary Dogs, Extraordinary Friendships: Stories of Loyalty, Courage, and Compassion
by Pam Flowers
Flowers shares the positive canine character traits she has observed in her 32 years of working with dogs. Eleven spellbinding and valuable stories of wisdom, joy, friendship, concern, loyalty, courage, sadness, and even good judgment.
Summer of the Wolves
by Polly Carlson-Voiles
In the wilderness lake country of northern Minnesota, an orphaned twelve-year-old girl and a wolf pup share a rare bond.
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.
Woodsong
by Gary Paulsen
For a rugged outdoor man and his family, life in northern Minnesota is a wild experience involving wolves, deer, and the sled dogs that make their way of life possible. Includes an account of the author's first Iditarod, a dogsled race across Alaska.
Updated 02/03/2014
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