Book of the Day: 365 Days to Alaska

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
All Day


In this book by Cathy Carr, 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 trees, fresh streams, and endless sky. But after her parents divorce, Rigel and her sisters move with their mom to their grandmother’s house in the Connecticut suburbs. Rigel hates it in Connecticut. It’s noisy, and crowded, and there’s 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. At first, surviving the year feels impossible. Middle school is nothing like the wilderness, and she doesn’t connect with anyone…until she befriends a crow living behind her school. And if this wild creature has made a life for itself in the suburbs, then just maybe, Rigel can too.