Ice Island by Sherry Shahan

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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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About Sherry Shahan

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SHERRY SHAHAN is a photojournalist and the author of 30 fiction and nonfiction books for young readers, including both adventure and picture books. Shahan's new title, DEATH MOUNTAIN, is an adventure novel for middle grade readers. Based on a personal experience, her group was caught in a deadly electrical storm. The horse and mule were struck and killed; three people were airlifted off the mountain by helicopter. What sets this story apart from other adventure novels is that the two main characters are girls, who are forced to face the challenges of being lost in the untamed wilderness with grit and resourcefulness. In the process they learn about themselves and develop a lasting friendship. Her Alaska-based adventure novel for middle grade readers, FROZEN STIFF is based on another personal experience: a week camping on the shores of a remote wilderness area in Alaska and kayaking to the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Like the heroine in her story, she battled renegade icebergs and had an encounter with a bear. FROZEN STIFF has been used in the classroom as a companion for both CALL OF THE WILD and JULIE, and has been on several state reading lists, including Battle of the Books for California, 2003-04. Thousands of elementary and middle schoolteachers across the country have incorporated the Iditarod into literature, history, and social studies units. DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW: THE STORY OF THE JR. IDITAROD was added to the California Collection and was also selected as an American Booksellers "Pick of the List.
Published January 10, 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 178 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Riveting and atmospheric, this is a tale of teenage Tatum, who becomes lost and separated from her friend on an Alaskan island with only a team of dogs, a few supplies and her instincts to keep her alive.

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Bandit, Tatum, and Cole play major roles in the story.

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Common Sense Media

she's passionate in her pursuit of excellence in the dog sled world, both in her love for the dogs and her love for the sport.

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