Northern Middle Grade Books

4th to 6th grade books set in Alaska and in the North

Diamond Willow

Helen Frost
ISBN: 9780374317768

In a remote area of Alaska, twelve-year-old Willow helps her father with their sled dogs when she is not at school, wishing she were more popular, all the while unaware that the animals surrounding her carry the spirits of dead ancestors and friends who care for her.


by Tom Bodett
ISBN: 9780679890300

In their father's absence, thirteen-year-old September and her younger brother Ivan disobey his orders by taking the boat out on their Alaska bay, where they are caught in a terrifying storm called a williwaw.

The bite of the gold bug : a story of the Alaskan gold rush

by Barthe DeClements ; illustrated by Dan Andreasen
ISBN: 9780140360813

While mining for gold in 1898, Bucky and his father must overcome danger in the Alaskan wilderness as well as human treachery.

Toughboy and Sister

Kirkpatrick Hill
ISBN: 9780689505065

The death of their drunken father strands ten-year-old Toughboy and his younger sister at a remote fishing cabin on the Yukon River near Ruby, Alaska, where they spend a summer trying to cope with dwindling food supplies and hostile wildlife.

Neeluk : an Eskimo boy in the days of the whaling ships

stories by Frances Kittredge ; illustrations by Howard "Weyahok" Rock
ISBN: 9780882405452

Traces the life of Neeluk and his family through one year in the 1800s in the Arctic land that would later become the state of Alaska.

Recess at 20 below

Cindy Lou Aillaud
ISBN: 9780882406046

How cold does it have to be before Alaskan kids stay inside for recess? This is a photo book with text written from a child s perspective on what kids do during recess at 20 below. We see kids getting ready for recess, putting on layers of outdoor clothing, and then somebody has to go to the bathroom! Going sledding, swinging, running around outside with frosted-up eyelashes and face masks.

Ordinary dogs, extraordinary friendships : stories of loyalty, courage, and compassion

Pam Flowers ; illustrations, Jason Baskin
ISBN: 9780882409160

Collects eleven stories that showcase dogs exemplifying positive character traits such as wisdom, loyalty, courage, and good judgment.

Balto and the great race

Elizabeth Cody Kimmel ; illustrated by Nora Koerber
ISBN: 9780679891987

The great serum race : blazing the Iditarod Trail

Debbie S. Miller ; illustrations by Jon Van Zyle
ISBN: 9780802777232

The story of the heroic role played by sled dogs, including the Siberian husky Togo, in the delivery of antitoxin serum to those stricken with diphtheria in 1925 Nome. Includes historical notes about the event as well as about the Iditarod Sled Dog Race which commemorates it.

Dogsledding and extreme sports : a nonfiction companion to Magic tree house #54, Balto of the Blue Dawn

by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce ; illustrated by Carlo Molinari
ISBN: 9780385386456

"A nonfiction companion to Magic Tree House #54: Balto of the Blue dawn."-- Provided by publisher.