Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill

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Some may find this overly sweet, but Bo is an endearing Pollyanna in a parka.
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Bo's family is not the usual, ordinary sort of family, because she didn't get it in the usual, ordinary way. 

  She was headed for a lonely Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by the other miners, the good-time girls, and all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village on the Koyukuk River.

Bo learns Eskimo along with English, is involved in the lives of her friends at Ballard Creek ,helps in the cookshack, learns to polka, rides along with Big Annie and her dog team.  And there's always some kind of excitement : a bi-plane landing, the first bulldozer, a roaming bear, the dog-team mail delivery, and a lost little boy whose father has died on the winter trail.

This is the unforgettable story of a little girl growing up in the exhilarating time after the big Alaska gold rushes.
 

About Kirkpatrick Hill

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Kirkpatrick Hill lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. She was an elementary school teacher for more than thirty years, most of that time in the Alaskan “bush.” She has written several books for young readers, including Toughboy and Sister, Winter Camp, and the award-winning The Year of Miss Agnes. kirkpatrickhill.comLeUyen Pham has illustrated numerous popular books for children, including Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore and Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio. She is also the author and illustrator of books such as Big Sister, Little Sister and All the Things I Love About You. She lives and works in San Francisco. leuyenpham.com
 
Published June 18, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 289 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Mar 27 2013

Some may find this overly sweet, but Bo is an endearing Pollyanna in a parka.

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