What begins as a training run with sled dogs turns into a race against time for Tatum and her new friend, a Siberian Yupik boy named Cole. When a freak blizzard hits this remote island off the coast of Alaska, the duo seeks shelter overnight in a dilapidated hunting cabin. Their harrowing ordeal goes from bad to worse when wind-driven snow forces them to risk an alternate route. Stranded in the untamed wilderness, they must rely on each other—as well as their faithful huskies—to survive sub-zero temperatures and bone-numbing exhaustion. Worse still, their food supply is dangerously low. The most daunting decision comes when the strongest dog runs away. One person must go for help, while one must stay behind. Either way, they'll both be alone in the wild for an uncertain amount of time.
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Ice Islandby Sherry Shahan
As fast-paced and chilling as the Alaskan ice itself, Ice Island is a gripping, hard-to-put-down story of adventure and danger perfect for fans of Gary Paulsen or Jean Craighead George. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of small-town Alaska and the deft portraits of the cultural conflicts there. Although I found myself wishing there had been a little more character development, Ice Island was a quick, fun read and highly recommended for young adults 12 and up.
Profanity/Language: One mild obscenity.
Violence/Gore: A girl breaks through the ice and is in danger from the freezing water. Several stories are told about Iditarod racers with frostbite or other injuires. Characters fall from sleds. A young teen butchers a game animal (the scene is about a page long and fairly graphic). A character is menaced by a dog. Several dangerous scenarios come about as a result of inclement weather.
Mature Subject Matter:
Life-threatening conditions, cultural/ethnic differences.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Reviewed By CindyB