It's the 1920s, and Bo was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village.
Bo learns Eskimo along with English, helps in the cookshack, learns to polka, and rides along with Big Annie and her dog team. There's always some kind of excitement: Bo sees her first airplane, has a run-in with a bear, and meets a mysterious lost little boy.
Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill is an unforgettable story of a little girl growing up in the exhilarating time after the big Alaska gold rushes.
ALA Notable Children's Books, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction Winner
BO HAD TWO FATHERS and no mothers, and after she got the fathers, she got a brother too. But not in the usual way.
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Praise for Bo at Ballard Creek
“Endearing.” —School Library Journal
“* Cheerful and uncomplicated.” —The Horn Book, starred review
“A warm tale set in an Alaskan gold-mining town in 1929-30 . . . Bo is an endearing Pollyanna in a parka.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Fans of the classic Little House books, will soak in the atmosphereic look at a particular time and place. A great choice for classroom unites on the gold rush.” —Booklist
“Hill has created more than just an appealing cast of characters; she introduces readers to a whole community and makes a long-ago and faraway place seem real and very much alive. This is an inspirational story about Alaska, the old and new ways, a very special teacher, and the influence that she has over everyone she meets. A wonderful read-aloud to start off the school year.” —School Library Journal on The Year of Miss Agnes
“An uplifting portrait of a dedicated teacher.” —Booklist on The Year of Miss Agnes
“A quiet, yet satisfying account.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Year of Miss Agnes