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Children's LiteratureIke is a young man who is half Inuit and half white and lives in Alaska during the gold rush of 1898. While driving his dog sled team home one evening he encounters a injured boy, Stuart, whose family are hopeful prospectors from Skagway. Their relationship gets off to a rocky start because of the prejudices Stuart and his family hold against the native Indian people. Interspersed between the story are numerous photographs of the region along with captions highlighting the historical time period. Within the story one gains an appreciation for the often overlooked role of the native Inuit people during the craze of the gold rush. The end of the book has a chapter on the history of the Klondike Gold Rush that again highlights the effects on the Native American population in Alaska. A glossary, timeline, further reading/information lists and activities pages finish off this unique approach to historical fiction. This is part of the "Scrapbooks of America" series. 2003, Tradition Books, Ages 8 to 14.
—Melissa A. Caudill