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Arctic Dinosaurs of Alaska

Arctic Dinosaurs of Alaska

Middle Grade Fiction

Nautilus Book Awards 2023 Silver Award
Middle Grade Fiction, Ages 8-12

Royal Dragonfly 2022 Honorable Mention
Middle Grade Fiction Ages 8-12


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Paperback Colorable Edition
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ISBN 978-1-954896-00-0
122 Pages, Retail $16.99

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ISBN 978-1-954896-03-1
122 Page, Retail $20.99

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Arctic Dinosaurs of Alaska

by Bonnye Matthews

Pachyrhinosaurus and other dinosaurs lived on the North Slope of Alaska seventy million years ago. They lived near each other and migrated together in a loose-knit community. The story follows Pakky as she experiences her first winter and learns about snow and ice. She meets other species of dinosaurs and is injured by ravenous Dromaeosaurs. In the spring, she migrates with her mother, Matriarch, back to their summer feeding ground.

In her first year, she learns about a life cycle. She discovers that the green which makes her food so good during the time of constant light, hides in the lights in the sky during the time of constant dark, while the dinosaurs starve. She learns that the green and the good food returns during the time of light-moving-to-constant light. A reason for hope when starving.

"In Arctic Dinosaurs of Alaska, we get to enter into the minds of Arctic dinosaurs. True, we don't really know what went on in their relatively small brains, but the very fact they lived there for millions of years suggests they knew what they were doing, and they had the skills necessary to survive many challenges they faced. In the process of imagining their lives, we open a window into a world unlike anything on Earth today…" Patrick S. Druckenmiller, Ph.D. University of Alaska Museum of the North Department of Geosciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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The National Digest's recent article "Alaskan Author of Multiple Genres Firmly Believes Superiority is an Undesirable, Unattainable..." by Andrew Rhoades describes Bonnye's background and beliefs and details her experiences growing up and becoming a writer.

Book Reviews

This will be a joy for children and adults alike. Educator 1003450 on NetGalley

It is definitely an interesting story with some really neat information- Angie k, Educator on NetGalley

It's a different twist on dinosaur stories. theresa h, Reviewer on NetGalley

If you're a teacher or simply interested in dinosaurs or, for that matter, Alaska's history, this book should be a must. June P, Reviewer on NetGalley

. . . extremely good for home educators, with children interested in the dinosaur subject Malissa C, Reviewer on NetGalley

This works great for a children's book and isn't dumb down for older generations. Kathryn M, Reviewer on NetGalley

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Alaska Retailers

Alaska Museum of Science & Nature in Anchorage

Book Shelf in Eagle River

Black Birch Books, Wasilla Museum, Just Imagine Toys, and Learning Essentials in Wasilla

Fireside Books in Palmer

Homer Bookstore in Homer

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Bonnye delivered copies of Arctic Dinosaurs of Alaska to the Sherrod Elementary School Library. Read about it here in Scene Magazine in MAKEASCENEAK Magazine of the People's Paper in Palmer, Alaska.

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