365 Days to Alaska

365 Days to Alaska

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When eleven-year-old Rigel Harman's parents divorce, she and her sisters must move from the Alaskan wilderness to suburban Connecticut, and while she yearns to return in a year, she eventually realizes she must move forward.
Eleven-year-old Rigel Harman loves her life in off-the-grid Alaska. She hunts rabbits, takes correspondence classes, and doesn't mind not having electricity or running water. When her parents divorce, Rigel and her sisters have to move with their mom to the Connecticut suburbs to live with a grandmother they have never met. It is noisy, and crowded, and there is 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. When she befriends a crow living behind her school, she begins to believe that she might be able to make a life for herself in the suburbs. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York :, Amulet Books,, 2021
Description: 263 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781419743801
Branch Call Number: j Carr


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Jan 03, 2021

Rigel (Rye-gull) is 11, she can shoot a rabbit for dinner, and her favorite food is salmon jerky. When her mother Lila moves Rigel and her sisters to Connecticut to live with their grandmother, there is some culture shock to deal with. Her life goes from "off-the-grid" to "just-off-the-turnpike." All she can think about is a promise her dad Bear made to let her come back to Alaska after one year -- 365 days. Rigel starts her countdown. Meanwhile a crow catches her attention at school. She begins to spend time outside at lunch as well as before and after school getting to know the bird and names it Blueberry. Conflicts abound as Rigel adjusts to her new environment and so does the rest of her family. Communication from Bear seems to be less and less. Does he really want her to move back? Should Rigel be feeding Blueberry rather than letting it try to survive on its own? Is it worth her time to make friends if she is going to leave after a year anyway? Where has nature gone? I loved reading about Rigel's life in Alaska and Connecticut. The cover is also top notch. Fabulous debut.

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