Bristol Bay Summer

Bristol Bay Summer

by Annie Boochever


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Against the backdrop of the great Bristol Bay salmon fishery, thirteen-year-old Zoey Morley struggles with her parents’ divorce, her mom’s bush-pilot boyfriend, and the pangs of growing up during her summer in the “real” Alaska. Author Annie Boochever tells a compelling tale of a divided family living a remote lifestyle where getting along as a team is a matter of survival. Zoey learns to trust the artist inside her and finds she and her new friend Thomas have something in common. Readers will live the lessons learned and taught by this young girl who finds that hard work, compassion, and the ability to see things in her own special way lead her toward happiness in a place that at first seems just too far away.

Bristol Bay is the world’s largest  salmon fishery.
Teachers will like the fact that Bristol Bay Summer includes a map of Western Alaska and a glossary of colloquial expressions and fishing terms.
Offers a rare glimpse into an Alaskan fishing village’s way of life.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882409948
Publisher: West Margin Press
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 1,117,124
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Annie Boochever grew up in the days when Alaska was still a territory. People flocked here for a new life and a kind of freedom that wasn’t available in the Lower 48. Today Alaska is still a magnet for anyone seeking adventure or just trying to escape, and the characters in Bristol Bay Summer are no exception. The story told in Bristol Bay Summer, seen through the eyes of young teen Zoey Morely, is a fictionalized version of Annie's own experiences in Bristol Bay in 1980.

Annie is a retired music teacher, high school English teacher, and school librarian. She has an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. When not writing, Annie loves to swim, ski, play piano, and garden. She lives in Juneau with her husband and a frightfully intelligent Dutch dog named Zz. Bristol Bay Summer is her first novel.

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Table of Contents

1. Departure
2. Last Stop
3. Latrine Business
4. Chez Jensen-Morley
5. Night Visitors
6. A New Boy
7. Darth Vader
8. Colorado Honey
9. Thomas to the Rescue
10. Naknek
11. Knives and Fur Hats for Sale
12. Captain
13. A Gift
14. Patrick
15. Fishing Begins
16. Rulers of the World
17. Bag Balm
18. A Cake in the Coleman?
19. Blue Skies and Brown Bears
20. Swallowed a Lead Line
21. Dancing with Mosquitoes
22. A Not So Happy Birthday
23. Payday
24. Dillingham
25. So Many Fish
26. Midnight
27. Japanese Typhoon
28. Refuge
29. After the Storm
30. An Uncertain Good-bye
31. Dad
32. Crash Position
33. MayDay! MayDay
34. It’ll Work Out
35. Ghosts in the Water
36. Home Again
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