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, the grandmother of eight, and the great-grandmother of two.

She has published nine books:

Bo at Iditarod Creek Book     Cover image of Bo at Ballard Creek

Do Not Pass Go       Dancing at the Odinochka   Minuk

Toughboy and Sister Cover    Miss Agnes and the Ginger Tom

T&S Cover 1     winter-camp-kirkpatrick-hill-paperback-cover-art



  1. #1 by Sara Born on January 26, 2012 - 10:58 am

    Dear Ms. Hill,
    We are a third grade class near Chicago, IL and we loved “The Year of Miss Agnes.” It was a great connection to our study of Native Americans. We are wondering how similar you are to Miss Agnes. We see that you taught in Alaska like she did. Our teacher loves Kings College Choir and wondered if you did too. Our teacher cried (good tears) at the end of the book and we wanted to tell you. We are excited to see there is a sequel and hope to order one soon.
    Mrs. Born’s class

    • #2 by Jessie David on April 20, 2018 - 4:25 pm

      My students’ father was taught by Kirkpatrick Hill in Galena some yrs ago. We love her books. My class would like to write her. We’d like to tell her how we love Miss Agnes. We did a great project and even wrote a book about Ms. Agnes. If possible, can someone reply. Basee’ Thank you in athabascan.
      Jessie David Allakaket Elementary teacher.

      • #3 by Kirkpatrick Hill on April 20, 2018 - 4:48 pm

        Oh please Jessie, tell me who your student’s father was! I can’t wait to see the book your kids wrote…send letters to Kirkpatrick Hill, Box 84435, Fairbanks, Alaska 99708..

      • #4 by Kirkpatrick Hill on April 20, 2018 - 4:49 pm

        And I was in Allakaket during spring carnival in 1956 and I have great pictures to send you…!

  2. #5 by Kirkpatrick Hill on January 29, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    I was so pleased to read your comments! I’m not at all like Miss Agnes, which is a shame, because I really like her. There was a real Miss Agnes, though. I met her on the banks of the Koyukuk when I was a teacher and talked to her for about five minutes, saw her little log schoolhouse for a nano-second, and often thought of her after I became a village teacher myself. But what she was really like I have no idea. I just made up her character as a sort of salute to all those old-time Alaskan teachers, single women mostly, who were devoted to their students. But Miss Agnes has my classroom..all the kids and things that the kids are doing come from my classes. My daughter is putting a section on my blog about this, and I hope it’ll be in place soon so you can see it. About the King’s Choir-When I started to write Miss Agnes I had just come back from a trip to England where three of my kids were going to school..I’d never been to Europe at all, so you can imagine how thrilled I was. Hearing the King’s Choir in that chapel was something I’ll never forget, since I’d never heard any music that wasn’t coming out of a record player or CD player! Because Cambridge was fresh in my mind, that’s where Miss Agnes came from, and also because there was a nurse in the Koyukuk area who’d worked with the people there for twenty years or so, and she was from Ireland. Thanks so much for your letter..I really have a hard time making myself sit down to get on with my writing, and nothing inspires me more than a great letter like yours. Love, Pat (That’s short for Kirkpatrick, of course.)

  3. #6 by Linda Klein 907-343-2865 on July 11, 2013 - 7:21 pm

    Dear Ms. Hill,
    My name is Linda Klein and I am a youth services librarian at Anchorage Public Library. I am also the chair of the Authors to Alaska Roundtable, and as such, I am charged with finding an author to speak at the 2014 Alaska Library Association Conference in Anchorage. I was wondering if you ever do speak in public about writing. Please let me know if this is something you would consider. Thanks for your consideration.

  4. #7 by Debbie Hansen on October 12, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    I retired after 35 years of teaching in the Elementary School in Arkansas a year ago, and my husband, Jim, retired this past May 2013 after 37 years of teaching Social Studies in the upper grades along with having coached basketball, baseball and some years of tennis. With a couple of weeks left of school this year, my husband got a phone call asking us if we’d be interested in coming to Bush Alaska to teach. After only a few days of discussion we took the opportunity that called. We’d tried to make this happen several times in the past and guess God didn’t think we were ready.
    Now, we are living in Alakanuk, Alaska- teaching. Whether we work one year here or more, we have decided the decision was right. I’m writing to tell you, no matter what age, we have enjoyed reading Winter Camp. I was glancing through the books on Jim’s shelf in his classroom and took a few off to bring to the house to read. This was one of them and we are so glad we did. I have the list of other books you have written and very anxious to order them and read. Thanks for making our reading more visual.
    Very anxious to read The Year of Miss Agnes.
    Even though I have not written anything, I have fiddled around with some things and am inspired to get with it again. If not to publish, just so my girls, Amy -34 and Sara-30, have some memories of Mom and Dad in Alaska. I have two wonderful Grandkids also that I want to know how life is here and may someday want the opportunity to live it also.
    Thanks again for the love and realistic feelings you put into your reads.
    Debbie Hansen
    Alakanuk, Alaska

    • #8 by Allie on September 2, 2014 - 2:47 pm

      Whoever wrote this, you know how to make a good arcielt.

  5. #9 by Marjory on March 4, 2014 - 5:02 pm

    I recently discovered your books. I read Miss Agnes first, then Tough Boy and Sister, Winter Camp, and Dancing at Odinochka. Thank you for all your hard work. Your books are a wonderful combination of research and imagination. The beautiful descriptions of the complicated mix of culture/language have been very thought-provoking. My Grandfather spent time in Alaska in the 30s and helped run a trading post at Barrow, so after reading your books, I am eager to do more research on that time and place.

  6. #10 by Amy Sirett on May 9, 2014 - 9:40 pm

    To Miss Pat
    I just finished reading chapter 26 of Bo at Ballard Creek to my daughter this evening. We are loving this story as much as we loved The Year of Miss Agnes. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible gift of writing with us. And for giving us such an incredible glimpse into life as it was in Alaska, Love it! We are so looking forward to enjoying more of your stories, thanks again!

  7. #11 by Robin Faltersack on June 12, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Dear Ms. Hill,
    Which Alaskan Bush schools did you teach in? We are a second grade class and spent this past school year writing and exchanging letters with a school in Gambell, Alaska. It is a village school on St. Lawrence Island. We enjoyed hearing Bo at Ballard Creek”.

  8. #12 by Karen A on July 20, 2014 - 9:45 am

    This book is my daughter’s summer reading assignment. (she’s headed into 4th grade).
    I read it too and really really loved it, especially the ending. Made me want to cheer :-).

    I will be recommending this book to other moms as a great respite from the so many insubstantial (junky) modern kids chapter books out there nowadays.
    I am so glad to have “found” you and I can’t wait to read more of your work.
    Warm Regards…

  9. #13 by Pam Colbrunn on October 21, 2014 - 8:00 am

    I would like to send you an example of some work that my 5th grade students did regarding Miss Agnes. Is there an address that I can reach you? I really think that you would be pleasantly surprised by the Ideas that these classes have generated.

  10. #14 by kim beck on October 28, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    I am a parent volunteer in Davis Ca. I will be a book group leader for your book. I have truly enjoyed your story and I am excited to share it with the students. It was fun to learn how much of this story was actually experienced by you. Perhaps that is why it reads so well. Thank you so much for sharing such a heart warming story with us all. .
    Kim Beck
    Davis Ca

  11. #15 by candicesheree on November 17, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    Dear Mrs.Hill,
    I am homeschooled and I am in 4th grade. I read your book The Year of Miss Agnes. I felt really inspired to become a teacher when I grow up. Your book was AWESOME!!!!!!

  12. #16 by Debbie hansen on November 18, 2014 - 10:12 pm

    This young reader of, The Year of Miss Agnes, was inspired by your ability to make reading come to life! I so hope she/he (since I didn’t see a name) keeps their own copy of the book. It’s a good reminder. All I can tell this young reader is: keep reading Kirkpatrick Hill’s books— don’t stop with this one!

  13. #17 by Parker D. Hall on November 21, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    What inspired you to make the Year Of Miss Agnes?

  14. #18 by Larry Hibpshman on August 4, 2015 - 10:39 am

    Hi Ms. Hill. I’m Larry Hibpshman, preparing a talk for the Oct. AK Hist. Society Conference. It’s on Alaskans’ accounts of their work experience. I’m impressed with your Bo books & would like to use the cover art as illustrations in my bibliography & possibly my PowerPoint. I’m asking your permission to do so. I’ll send a separate notice to LeUyen Pham.
    Larry Hibpshman, Senior Archivist (ret.)
    Alaska State Archives
    412 North Forest Drive, Apt. E6
    Kenai, AK 99611

  15. #19 by Jeanne Rodkey on December 12, 2016 - 8:39 am

    I just finished Bo at Iditarod Creek (and before that Bo at Ballard Creek) and I’m really hoping that you will (or are) writing another ‘Bo’ story! Just love reading about her and her unusual family’s story. As a person who grew up in the bush of Alaska, I just love reading your books. I can hear the Alaska style way of speaking in my head as I read your stories. So satisfying!

    Jeanne Rodkey

    • #20 by Kirkpatrick Hill on December 12, 2016 - 12:10 pm

      Oh Jeanne, I wish you knew what a delight it is to get a letter from someone who knows bush Alaska…just doesn’t happen very often, except kids who read it in school. And the Alaska style of speaking! I’ve had to fight my editors for that sometimes! I have to write another Bo because she needs to end up on the Yukon, so I can write about our village, Ruby…where did you live??

  16. #21 by Claire on December 6, 2017 - 4:10 pm

    Ms. Hill, my 6-year-old daughter and I have read the two Bo books, which she loved, and she keeps asking me if we can read another one. Is there anything that I can tell her? Do you have an ETA for your next installment? Thank you for your lovely books; I recommend them to folks all the time.

    • #22 by Kirkpatrick Hill on December 6, 2017 - 4:33 pm

      Thanks so much for writing, Claire..tell her I promise another Bo, but it’s been put on the back burner for awhile I confess..I got sidetracked! I’ll get back to work on it right away..well right away after Christmas! In the meantime, give her The Year of Miss Agnes which is or maybe Toughboy and Sister?? And I’ll bet she’ll be crazy about the Little House books !

  17. #23 by Kari Sagel on February 16, 2018 - 1:37 pm

    Hi Pat,

    Any chance you would be interested in coming to Blatchley Middle School in Sitka in the fall? We would love to set up a class read and author visit. I loved Bo at Ballard Creek.

    Many years since Galena!

    Kari Sagel

    • #24 by Kirkpatrick Hill on February 16, 2018 - 1:47 pm

      KARI! How nice to hear from you! And what a nice invitation…I’d love to see Sitka, but let me think about logistics for a bit..what are you teaching? How long have you been there and how do you like it? I’m delighted you liked the first Bo..send me your address and I’ll send you the sequel.

  18. #25 by Don Elarton on November 29, 2018 - 1:49 pm

    I’ve read all your books. I wrote you once before and you very kindly responded. Please, please consider writing an autobiography. I KNOW you have at least one more book left in you! Don Elarton

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