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MIDDLE GRADE CONTEMPORARY FICTION : 365 Days to Alaska by Cathy Carr

  365 DAYS TO ALASKA by Cathy Carr Amulet Books, 2021 ISBN: 978-1-4197-4380-1 Source: purchased Ages 9-12 All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK Eleven-year-old Rigel Harman loves her life in off-the-grid Alaska. She hunts rabbits, takes correspondence classes through the mail, and plays dominoes with her family in their two-room cabin. She doesn’t mind not having electricity or running water—instead, she’s got tall trees, fresh streams, and endless sky. But then her parents divorce, and Rigel and her sisters have to move with their mom to the Connecticut suburbs to live with a grandmother they’ve never met. Rigel hates it in Connecticut. It’s noisy, and crowded, and there’s no real nature. Her only hope is a secret pact that she made with her father: If she can stick it out in Connecticut for one year, he’ll bring her back home. At first, surviving the year feels impossible. Middle school is nothing like the wilderness, and she doesn’t connect with an


  UNICORN ISLAND by Donna Galanti, illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2021 ISBN: 978-1-5248-6470-5 Source: publisher for review Ages 9-12 All opinions expressed are solely my own.   ABOUT THE BOOK   Beyond the mist lies a magical secret waiting to be discovered. Unicorn Island is a middle-grade illustrated novel series about a young girl who discovers a mysterious island full of mythical beasts and darker dangers! When Sam arrives in Foggy Harbor, population 3,230, all she can see is a small, boring town that’s way too far from home. And knowing that she’s stuck there all summer with her grumpy Uncle Mitch only makes things worse. But when Sam discovers a hidden trapdoor leading to a room full of strange artifacts, she realizes Foggy Harbor isn’t as sleepy as it seems. With the help of a new friend, Sam discovers an extraordinary secret beyond the fog: an island of unicorns whose fates are intertwined with hers.   ABOUT THE AUTHOR   Donna Galanti is the autho