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A thoughtful middle-grade debut about a girl from off-the-grid Alaska adjusting to suburban life
 
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
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: January 19th 2021 by Amulet Books
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Katelyn Spedden
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free eARC of this novel from the publisher and Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review*

365 Days to Alaska is a book that takes you by surprise. You know from the description that it’s about a girl that goes to live in Connecticut and is counting down until she can go back to Alaska to live with her father. That much is right there for you. But what the description doesn’t give you is what life is like for an eleven year old that’s dropped into a world that she doesn’t know when
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Kirsti Call
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking and heartwarming coming of age story.
Baobablady (Stacy Greene)
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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When I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down! I was immediately caught up in the stream of the life of Rigel and her family. The book begins in Alaska and being someone who has always wanted to visit there, I was entranced by the descriptions and the place it held in Rigel's heart. I was swept along as Rigel was uprooted and traveled to Connecticut (for 365 days - until, as her father promised she could return to Alaska and they could be reunited) and the adjustment began. Having liv ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Rigel (RYE-gul) lives with her family (dad Bear, mom Lila, older sister Willow, and five year old sister Izzy) in a small cabin in the wilds of Alaska. She's used to bringing water from a nearby stream, doing correspondence courses by mail, and having wilderness right outside her door. After her parents divorce, her mother decides to move the girls to Connecticut so that she can live with her own mother while she tries to get a job in a research lab. While Willow
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Felicia
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
365 Days to Alaska is exactly the type of book I would want my students reading in grades 6-7!
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I'm a sucker for a book that highlights the relationship between a child and an animal, especially when this animal is an unusual pet. I must admit that I haven't found one I love since Pax, but here we are!
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Rigel is taken away from the only life she's ever known, bush life in Alaska, when her parents split up and her mom takes the kids to Connecticut. Rigel hates it, and she's counting down the days (
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Julie
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
really enjoyed this book. The main character is 11 year old Rigel. Self sufficient and raised on a bush homestead in Alaska she is a strong, independent girl. Her world is turned upside when her mother and father separate and she and her sisters move with their mother to Connecticut. She makes a secret pact with her father that if she can make it for a year (365 days) she can go back to Alaska. Until then she needs to find a way to survive in an environment that is radically different! As the st ...more
Faith Hough
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full review soon. This book completely surprised me with the way it avoided all the stereotypes I was expecting...and the writing was also just really, really good.
Denice Langley
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine you are 11. You love your family and your way of life. You've never known any other life style. What most people call "harsh" you live everyday. A remote cabin in Alaska, no running water, no neighbors, no local school, this is how a lot of people dream of living, and you love it. Now, imagine your family is splitting up. You are leaving your father behind in Alaska and moving to Connecticut with your mother and two sisters. Culture shock with a capital C.

Rigel is that girl. 11 yrs old
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Leigh
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this e-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rigel has spent her whole life in the Alaskan bush, but her parents have divorced, and her mom is moving her and her sisters all the way to Connecticut. Willow and Izzy are excited, but Rigel loves everything about the Alaskan wilderness and has plans to return to Alaska and her dad in a year. Connecticut is so foreign to her its challenging, and what's keeping her going is her daily countdown to return.

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Beth
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Review copy thanks to Netgalley and Amulet Books.
Rachel Espinosa
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
365 Days to Alaska is the first book I have read since Covid-19 began that has made me cry. It is a beautiful story of a young girl coming to terms with her parents’ divorce and huge change in living situation. Rigel was born in the Alaskan Bush and is completely happy in her wilderness. Rigel loves her family, including her parents and two sisters, and their off-the-grid lifestyle. Her world is forever changed when her parents get divorced and her Mom moves Rigel and her sisters to Connecticut. ...more
Donna
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great story about change, adjusting, and friendship. Rigel lives off the grid on a bush homestead in Alaska with her family. She has plenty of wildlife, forests, and independence. When her parents divorce, she, her mother, and her two siblings move to Connecticut to live with their grandmother. There Rigel has electricity, running water, and lots of cement and pavement. Before she left, she made a deal with her dad that he would let her return to Alaska in a year. At the beginning, while startin ...more
Jewel
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5

I am surprised.
Because this is a children's book and I only read it because of Alaska, and I don't read children's books so I'm not really familiar with what's appropriate and what's not, and how deep they go and stuff.
So I was pleasantly surprised.

Because I totally enjoyed it and I was invested into the characters and their feelings and life.

The book is from the prospective of 11 year old Rigel, and I had to constantly remind myself that, because as an adult I obviously wanted more explanati
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Rajiv
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it

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A BIG Thank You to Netgalley and Amulet Books for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of “365 Days to Alaska” for my review.

I loved reading this story. It is always difficult making changes to your life and adjusting to a new environment. I thought the author beautifully captured Rigel’s difficulty in the book. Also, I liked Rigel as the main character and could relate to her emotions. I also loved the bond she forms with the crow. It was wonderful
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Elizabeth R McDonald
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thanks to NetGalley for this eARC of 365 Days to Alaska by Cathy Carr. Rigel was raised in the wilds of Alaska and loves it there. After her parents divorce, she is forced to relocate to Connecticut, which she is certain she will hate. She makes a pact with her father to stick it out for a year, after which she can move back to Alaska to live with him. A fun read I think kids will really enjoy!
Fe Licia
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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365 Days to Alaska is exactly the type of book I would want my students reading in grades 6-7!
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I'm a sucker for a book that highlights the relationship between a child and an animal, especially when this animal is an unusual pet. I must admit that I haven't found one I love since Pax, but here we are!
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Rigel is taken away from the only life she's ever known, bush life in Alaska, when her parents split up and her mom takes the kids to Connecticut. Rigel hates it, and she's counting d
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Val
Aug 26, 2020 added it
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This book is a beautiful story about courage, friendship, and family. Eleven-year-old Rigel is facing a lot of drastic changes- parents are divorcing; her sister and she are moving from the wilds of Alaska to Connecticut; switching from homeschooling to a new school and meeting new friends. I really enjoyed reading Rigel's resilient journey to grow, adapt, and trust herself.
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Cathy Carr grew up in Wisconsin, where a steady supply of her dad’s stories about his Alaskan adventures sparked her interest in the forty-ninth state. A former copy editor, library clerk, and technical writer, she now lives in New Jersey with her family and writes fiction. See what's new with her at www.cathycarrwrites.com. ...more

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