Book List in Order:10 titles

  • Praise for John Smelcer:"Smelcer's anger about these stolen children is apparent but controlled, and he provides a well-judged balance of horror and hope, with the friendship among his protagonists giving the book heart." —Horn Book"A poignant stor...



  • "A poignant story of colonization and assimilation, something I know a little bit about. A masterpiece."—Chinua AchebePraise for Edge of Nowhere:"Smelcer's prose is lyrical, straightforward, and brilliant . . . authentic Native Alaskan storytelling...


  • This is a collection of stories from the Ahtna Indians of Alaska, collected and retold by tribe member John Smelcer.  Numerous illustrations by Larry Vienneau accompany the stories and numerous pictures of the Ahtna Indians and the storytellers are ...


  • "Smelcer clearly knows his way around Alaskan mountains."—David Roberts, author of The Mountain of My FearPraise for Edge of Nowhere:"A survival story, but one with a strong heart."—ForeWord Reviews"A thought-provoking and moving coming-of-age st...


  • Written over the course of a quarter century by one fo Alaska's best living writers, these two dozen stories embody the spirit of Alaska—its colliding cultures, magnificent beauty and dangerously unforgiving environment. "John Smelcer is Alaska's m...


  • "A beautiful and moving story of courage and love."—Ray BradburyPraise for The Great Death:"An amazing story."—Frank McCourt"Gripping and poignant. . . . An unforgettable survival tale."—Horn Book"A beautiful, poignant story."—Elie Wiesel, No...


  • An astonishing tale of survival in Alaska, this poignant Robinson Crusoe story is based on true events A year after his mother dies, 16-year old Seth and his dog, Tucker, are washed overboard from his father's fishing boat during a torrential stor...


  • The Great Death arrived with the man from downriver, the one who came with the light-colored strangers and had little red spots covering his body. Thirteen-year-old Millie and her younger sister, Maura, are fascinated by the guests, but soon sickness...






  • Seventeen-year-old Johnny Least-Weasel knows that his grandfather Albert is a stubborn old man and won't stop checking his own traplines even though other men his age stopped doing so years ago. But Albert Least-Weasel has been running traplines in t...