Young Adult Non-Fiction

Arctic Peoples (Native American)               
by Craig A. Doherty (2008)
Part of a ten-volume set called Native America, this book explores the history and culture of the Native American Arctic peoples, and includes a timeline, related websites, and a list of museums.  Young Adult

Dog Girl by Lacey Hart (2013)  Lacey tells her story of learning to run sled dogs and her run in the Jr Iditarod at age 15.  Grade 5 and older.

Fifty Miles from Tomorrow– A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People by William L. Iggriaguk Hensley (2010)  Hensley, the man who gave the voice to the cause of the people of Alaska, culminating in the United States’ conveyance of nearly 44 million acres of land and nearly 1 billion dollars for use by Alaska’s native peoples, as compensation for the incursion of the U.S. government on their way of life.  Upper middle grades and older.

Eye on the Iditarod Trail Aisling’s Quest
By Hope Irvin Marston (Aisling Lara Shepherd’s story)
A real life story of a young girl with big dreams.  Aisling (pronounced Ashley) loved watching sled dogs.  From that, the dream of running the Iditarod blossomed. Book Unit

Woodsong
by Gary Paulsen (1990)
Gary Paulsen’s experiences as he trains and ultimately runs the Iditarod dogsled race.  Paulsen vividly describes the effects of bone-chilling cold, physical exhaustion, and the spirit of competitiveness that dominates the event. Grades 6 and up.  Book Unit

No End in Sight: My Life as a Blind Iditarod Racer

by Rachael Scdoris and Rick Steber (2006)
The story of Rachael Sedoris, who legally blind, becomes the youngest athlete to complete in a 500-mile race, but her goal is to run the Iditarod.  With the help of a visual interpreter and insurmountable courage, Rachel competes in the Iditarod.  Grades 6 and up.

Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion
by Samantha Seiple (2011)                                                  
This book is about the little known Japanese invasion of Alaska during WWII, told from the point of view of the American civilians taken prisoner. Contains photographs and first person accounts of this event.   Middle grades and older .