Bristol Bay Summer by Annie Boochever is a fascinating tale of life the wild bush country of Alaska's Bristol Bay and also a thrilling tale of survival. Ms. Boochever is a life-long Alaskan who in additional to writing, expands the future of today's youth from her position as a high school English teacher. Previously, Annie taught elementary music and served as a librarian, during which time she wrote and produced award-winning musical plays for her students. Ms. Boochever has a solid connection to Alaska and the hearts of youth, which culminated in her first fiction novel, Annie Boochever earned a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts and has won numerous awards for Bristol Bay Summer, including the Literary Classics Award for Best First Novel. It was also a 2016 Alaska State Battle of the Books Selection for Middle School Grades. The Mom's Choice AwardsÂ® named Bristol Bay Summer as among the best in family-friendly media, products, and services, giving it their highest seal of approval, the Gold Mom's Choice Award.
In addition to the adventure in Bristol Bay Summer, parent educators and teachers will enjoy the FREE extensive Study Guide for Bristol Bay Summer aligned to Common Core standards on her website. Activities in the Student Teacher Study Guide include
Check Out the Trailer for Bristol Bay Summer, below:
âIâm not going!â Twelve-year-old Zoey Morley frowned at the raggedy airplane that would take her farther away, to Bristol Bay, Alaska, where she would somehow have to make peace with ten million salmon, her momâs bush-pilot boyfriend, a boy she doesnât understand, and the only family she has left. Along with its stunning beauty, Bristol Bay spits out one challenge after another, including stalking grizzles, a Japanese typhoon, and a plane crash that threatens to end everything. Will Zoey find the strength to save the one person she wished would go away? Or will they both end up like the pieces of airplane fuselage she saw embedded in a cliffside on her first flight into the huge wilderness beyond Anchorage?
Encounter: Advent Reflections for Catholics in Transition by Anna Schulten is today's book by an Alaskan author. Ms. Schulten was originally born in southwest Indiana, but currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband, a cat, a dog, and assorted fish. Having a strong faith in Jesus, Anna written for The Message, the Catholic newspaper for the Diocese of Evansville, and The Catholic Anchor, the Catholic newspaper for the Archdioceses of Anchorage. She also currently serves as a youth minister in Anchorage in addition to her career as an author.
In Encounter: Advent Reflections for Catholics in Transition, Ms. Schulten takes readers on a journey of finding God amidst the changes in life. From the small-town in Indiana to the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, Anna's adventures of service in Catholic Youth Ministry and as a wife of a US military man are woven into a voyage of faith for readers. This Advent Season, encounter Jesus through her faith journal and browse daily and weekly content containing reflection questions and guided scriptural meditations. As the Christmas season draws near, take a few minutes each day to prepare your heart and open your mind to the relationship Christ desires with you. God is speaking this Advent Season... how will you respond?
Mimsy's finally here!
Today is the Official Release of Mimsy Mouse, book 1
written by Linda N. Walz, illustrated by Stephan Linton.
Mimsy Mouse Searches for a New Home is a new children’s picture book helping children deal with the loss of a home due to unforeseen circumstances. The story begins when Mimsy Mouse suddenly loses her house to natural disaster when Farmer Brown’s water trough breaks and floods her home. Mimsy experiences the sadness and fear of losing all her personal belongings. Encouraged by her friends, she goes on an adventure to find a new place to live. Mimsy explores her worst fears through her imagination while searching for potential new homes. Overcoming real and imagined obstacles, Mimsy discovers a new place to live and learns the wonderful lessons of friendship and love from your family and friends make a house, a home.
This children’s picture book target audience ranges from preschool to age 7. Mimsy can help younger children journey through their emotions after a flood or other natural disaster strikes their home by relating to the title character's experiences. Mimsy Mouse Searches for a New Home also encourages children to look beyond their current situation and gives them hope of a better future. The story has the feeling of reading like a classic story, well beyond the basic children’s picture book.
This week we present Alaskan author, Kellie Doherty. Currently a resident of Eagle River, Ms. Doherty lives just outside of Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. While Kellie lived in Portland years ago, she states she loves writing in Alaska, because its “long, cold, dark winters make for the perfect backdrop for writing in front of a fire, warm drink within reach, and cats snoozing on my lap.” Thankfully, she’s not only into winter writing, as the extended days brought by our midnight sun in the summer helps her pull together projects too by working longer hours.
Ms. Doherty is the author of two novels: Finding Hekate and Losing Hold, the Cicatrix duology. Her inspiration for the two books developed out of a college class short story assignment. Falling in love with the protagonist, Mia, brought Kellie to a deeper journey of exploring Mia’s story and her motivation, brokenness, and strengths. Readers will relate to Finding Hekate’s main character because of how realistic she is. She is a character with past mistakes that produced a strong resolve but also an emotional defensiveness. Whether you’re new to the Sci-Fi genre or a die-hard fan of it, Finding Hekate is sure to be a favorite. Readers will journey through a hunter-hunted plot mentality while exploring the benefits, challenges, and consequences of technology. For an excellent blend of Sci-Fi, action, humor, and even a little romance consider exploring the Cicatrix duology.
Finding Hekate Synoposis: Mia Foley is running away from the attack that changed her life. She’s captain of a new spaceship when the Acedians find her and try blasting her peaceful crew from the black. She must sever her bonds in order to run, again. But she’s grown fond of this crew, particularly Cassidy Gates. Staying with them will jeopardize their safety, and they have much closer fears than the Acedian hunters. Mia’s time is running out. She’s becoming one of them.
Ever read an entire fiction story in under 100 words?
What that's the challenge of the International Flash Fiction Writing Contest funded by the Fundación César Egido Serrano. The goal of this contest is to write the best fiction story in 100 words or less. The contest is open to four different languages: English, Spanish, Hebrew, and Arabic.
The grand prize is $20,000 for the best story, with a second prize offering of $1,000 for the runner up each language category. The deadline for entry is November 23, 2017, as indicated in the time zone of the Spanish Peninsular. By entering the contest, the Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation reserves the right to publish your story.
Please note there is a section on the application that requests your ID or Passport number, but that field is optional. To protect yourself, we recommend leaving that section blank.
Click Here For the Flash Fiction Contest Application
Alaska Beer: Liquid Gold in the Land of the Midnight Sun written by award winning author Bill Howell explores the rich history of alcohol in Alaskan history and today's culture. From Alaska's fermented legacy, today's beer crafters retain the fierce and pioneering independent spirit that propelled early pioneers through the Prohibition and into the future.
Redefining the finances, Alaska's brewing industry has a half billion dollar impact on the local economy. With over 28 breweries in Alaska and many more on the horizon, beer lovers from all over the world are now being attracted to Alaska for more than scenery. By staying on the cutting edge of beer-making technology, Alaskan breweries, like the Alaska Brewing Company, are bringing new flavors to the beer community and expanding options for tourists desiring local tastes.
Bill Howell, an avid crafter since 1998, hosts the radio show "Drinking on the Last Fronter." His show brings news, insight, tips, and breakthroughs in the industry to both professionals, homebrewers, and novices in the beer industry. Mr. Howell has written several books on beer and developed a Beer Appreciation course for the University of Alaska entitled, The Art and History of Brewing.
To get a little taste of Alaskan beer, can check out Bills' blog on brewing: Drinking on the Last Frontier. To be fully refreshed and well informed, check out his last book: