An action-packed and heartwarming story of a dog in gold rush-era Alaska
All Murphy wants is a home and a loving family. After escaping from his brutal, merciless owner, he is taken in by a young girl named Sally. She and her mother have just arrived in Nome, Alaska, intent on joining the other gold seekers and making a new life for themselves, free from their wealthy but oppressive family in Seattle.
Yet, even with Murphy at their side, Sally and Mama find living in the mining town harsh and forbidding. When it seems they may have to give up and return to Seattle, Sally and Murphy decide to strike out on their own, hoping to find gold and make a permanent home. But dangers await them – not only blizzards and grizzly bears, but also Murphy’s original owner, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, whether it is an ill-gotten fortune or a valuable dog.
Alison Hart is the author of more than forty books for young readers, including Emma’s River, Anna’s Blizzard, and the Racing to Freedom trilogy. Hart is a teacher at Blue Ridge Community College and lives in Virginia. You can visit
Alison Hart’s website here.
Michael G. Montgomery has illustrated numerous children’s books. He attended Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia. Montgomery lives in Georgia. You can visit
Michael G. Montgomery’s website here.
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