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Toughboy and Sister (Toughboy and Sister #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  77 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
After Momma's death, Toughboy and Sister find themselves in the care of Father, who spends more time in the local bar than looking after his children. With help from the women in the village, though, Toughboy and Sister get through the rest of the winter without Mamma.
Finally, spring comes: time to make the long-awaited annual trip to the fish camp with Father. Once they
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published 1990)
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Kyle Pratt
Jan 25, 2013 Kyle Pratt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is my first year teaching 4th through 6th grade in a remote Eskimo village. As we read this story together I asked the students if the descriptions of events about nearby Athabascan Native Americans sounded true to them. Invariably they said, "yes."

The story centers on a brother and sister, known in their village as Toughboy and sister. After their Father dies they are left to fend for themselves at their remote fish camp. When I first arrived here, in mid-August, I was told that most of my
Kara Sharp
Sep 26, 2015 Kara Sharp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great, but very deep book for older kids, maybe 4th-5th grade. Great talking points come from the story.
Aug 11, 2013 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reader learns a lot about Alaska and how people survive there when it gets bitterly cold. Interesting characters and plot. Hill's books would be good for 6-8th graders to read in class and write about bravery and differences in these children's lives and their own and much more.
Oct 02, 2008 B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two siblings survive in an isolated Alaskan fish camp after they parents die. Great survival story.
Jan 17, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, it was pretty sad though.
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Kirkpatrick Hill lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. She was an elementary school teacher for more than thirty years, most of that time in the Alaskan "bush." Hill is the mother of six children and the grandmother of eight. Her three earlier books, Toughboy and Sister, Winter Camp, and The Year of Miss Agnes, have all been immensely popular. Her fourth book with McElderry Books, Dancing at the Odinochka, ...more
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