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  • ISBN: 9781786075840
  • ISBN: 1786075830
  • ISBN: 9781786075833
  • ISBN: 0861540964 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 9780861540969
  • ISBN: 1786078805
  • ISBN: 9781786078803
  • Physical Description: 170 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: London, England : Rock the Boat, an imprint of Oneworld Publications, 2021.

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General Note: Includes a reading guide.
"Originally published in Dutch as Alaska by Em. Querido Kinderboeken Uitgeverij, 2016."--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.: "It only takes one day at their new school for Parker and Sven to become mortal enemies. Parker's had a terrible summer and just wants to be invisible, while Sven is desperate to make an impression and be known as anything other than 'that boy with epilepsy.' When Parker discovers her beloved dog Alaska--who she had to give away last year--now belongs to Sven, she's determined to steal her back. Of course, that's easier said than done"--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 February #2
    *Starred Review* Alaska is a beloved dog. At least, she is beloved to Parker, the girl who had to give her up because of a sibling's allergy. But Alaska has become known as "the beast" while serving as an assistance dog to Parker's new classmate, Sven, who resents that the dog makes his invisible disability, epilepsy, visible. Meanwhile, Parker takes advantage of the fact that Sven doesn't know of Alaska's former ownership, disguising herself in a balaclava in order to visit her old friend. Deft and satisfying, this book—an award winner from the Netherlands—explores far more than dog ownership. Alternating between the two preteens, Woltz lets them express vulnerabilities and fears all too relatable to most middle-graders. Parker suffers as a witness to violence. Sven, unaware that "Balaclava Girl" is Parker, enjoys talking during her clandestine visits, sharing his despair and anger over his newly diagnosed disease. Then, a major seizure, filmed by a classmate and gone viral, drives Sven to leave school. His discovery of Parker's true identity results in him feeling further betrayed—until she is in danger. His helping her, and discovering his dog can predict seizures, helps change both kids' lives. For animal-loving readers, the fluffy white dog may be reason enough to add this to collections, but the deeper layers of story make it a must. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Anna Woltz is an internationally bestselling children's author based in the Netherlands. She has written 24 books for young readers, which have been translated into twenty-one languages and won numerous prizes. Talking to Alaska won one of the most prestigious literary prizes for Dutch children's books, the Zilveren Griffel.

Subject: Epileptics Juvenile fiction
People with disabilities Juvenile fiction
Dogs Juvenile fiction
Competition (Psychology) Juvenile fiction
Friendship Juvenile fiction
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Special Needs
Epileptic children
Genre: Juvenile works.

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