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 Bo at Iditarod Creek
 Author: Hill, Kirkpatrick

 Illustrator: Pham, LeUyen

 Publisher:  Holt
 Pub Year: 2014

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 281 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 404768 ISBN: 9780805093520
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Family life -- Alaska -- Fiction
 Adoption -- Fiction
 Moving -- Fiction
 Alaska -- History -- 1867-1959 -- Fiction

Price: $19.31

Summary:
In 1920s Alaska, when five-year-old Bo and her two adoptive fathers move to Iditarod Creek to work at a new gold mine, Bo feels homesick until she realizes there is friendship to be found everywhere--and Iditarod Creek may hold some surprises for her already unconventional family.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.90
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 170988
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 72510

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/14)
   School Library Journal (12/01/14)
   Booklist (+) (12/15/14)
 The Hornbook (00/03/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2014 Gr 4–7—Would you rather have a funny or sober dentist? Many such perplexing and sometimes humorous questions are asked in this follow up to Bo on Ballard Creek (Macmillan, 2013). Five-year-old Bo and her lovingly assembled family are on the move to a new Alaskan gold-mining town in the 1920s. Pham's illustrations beautifully match the careful and tender timbre of the book. Vivid historical and geographical details in a time of early American expansion cover the Alaskan landscape, including how people traveled (on pole boats). Each of these details are used to explore people's relationships and the ways that they cared for one another (or didn't) in an often trying world. Bo's family, comprised of her two papas—mining partners who took her in—and an adopted brother, give particularly tender windows into family moments and important life lessons. For instance, one of Bo's fathers is black and gets called the n-word by a child who doesn't know better. The treatment of the incident matches the childlike feel of book: the word is regarded as extremely hurtful—without much deeper exploration. The ending is predictable but heartwarming. Hill's author's note is absolutely necessary for greater, deeper content, though it could be expanded. The series is a good historical fiction alternative to the "Little House on the Prairie" books, with updated understandings of race, gender, and family. It also provides many reasons to be grateful for modern dentistry and air travel.—Lisa Nowlain, Darien Library, CT - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 12/15/2014 *Starred Review* This sequel to the Scott O’Dell Award–winning Bo at Ballard Creek (2013) finds Bo, younger brother Graf, and their papas leaving one Alaska mining town for another. After an arduous river journey, they reach Iditarod Creek, settling into a little house near the mines where Arvid and Jack will work. Bo is disappointed there is no school (and only four other children in town), but as she meets neighbors and makes friends, she comes to realize that happiness can be found in many places. Set in the gold fields of Alaska in 1930–31, this episodic novel is just filled with local color. Readers will sense that not everything that happens is wonderful (or even G-rated), but Bo and Graf approach life with a wide-eyed trust that comes from knowing their papas will keep them safe. Pham’s frequent pencil illustrations clarify story details and help break up longer sections of text. Reminiscent in tone to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books or Louise Erdrich’s Birchbark House series, this volume stands on its own. The rescue and adoption of a third child and a move to another mining locale suggest that more tales of this exceptional family could be in the works. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.

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