Bo’s family is not the usual, ordinary sort of family because she didn’t get it in the usual, ordinary way.
She was headed for a lonely Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by the other miners, the good-time girls, and all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village on the Koyukuk River.
Bo learns Eskimo along with Engllsh, is involved in the lives of her friends at Ballard Creek, helps in the cookshack, learns to polka, and rides along with Big Annie and her dog team. And there’s always some kind of excitement: an airplane landing, the first bulldozer, a roaming bear, the dog-team mail delivery, and a mysterious lost little boy.
This is the unforgettable story of a little girl growing up in the exhilarating time after the big Alaska gold rushes.
“The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Kirkpatrick Hill for Bo at Ballard Creek, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, a division of the Macmillan Children’s Book Group.”