"If Laura Ingalls Wilder had lived in Alaska, she might have written this novel . . ."Kirkus Reviews
It's 1934, and times are tough for Trip's family after the mill in their small Wisconsin town closes, leaving her father unemployed. Determined to provide for his family, he moves them all to Alaska to become pioneers as part of President Roosevelt's Palmer Colony project. Trip and her family are settling in, except her mom, who balks at the lack of civilization. But Trip feels like she's following in Laura Ingalls Wilder's footsteps, and she hatches a plan to raise enough money for a piano to convince her musical mother that Alaska is a wonderful and cultured home. Her sights set on the cash prize at the upcoming Palmer Colony Fair, but can Trip grow the largest pumpkin possibleusing all the love, energy, and Farmer Boy expertise she can muster?
About the Author
Carole Estby Dagg (www.caroleestbydagg.com) also wrote the middle-grade historical novel The Year We Were Famous. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and has lived in Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia. She has degrees in sociology, library science, and accounting. Her real-life adventures include tiptoeing through King Tut’s tomb, sand boarding the dunes of western Australia, riding a camel among the Great Pyramids, paddling with Manta rays in Moorea, and smelling the penguins in the Falkland Islands. She is married with two children, two grandchildren, a husband, and a bossy cat who supervises her work. She splits her writing time between her study in Everett, Washington, and a converted woodshed on San Juan Island.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wonderful! My 4 year old (who I have read the Little House series to several times) loved this book, and so did I! I lived in Alaska, so it was very special.
Sweet Home Alaska brings to life the story of a pioneer family who moves to Alaska in 1934 as part of an FDR program. Kids will cheer for the main character, 11-year-old Trip, who has a can-do attitude in the face of many challenges. Carole Estby Dagg captures the times and the place with amazing details that will be fascinating for readers of all ages. A great adventure story for elementary and middle schoolers!