By Nancy Owens Barnes

A trip Even Huck Finn might Have Admired---Spokesman Review

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A precise tale of braveness and survival, South to Alaska incorporates readers from the heartland of the USA to the final Frontier...THE demanding manner.

Born within the dusty middle of Oklahoma in 1916, ten-year-old Melvin sees a photo of a cabin within the Alaska barren region in his fourth-grade geography booklet and desires of dwelling there. approximately fifty years later he builds a 47-foot boat in his Arkansas yard, launches it at the Arkansas River, and cruises 10,000 miles to Alaska in terms of the Panama Canal. Melvin hasn't ever been south of the United States/Mexico Border and hasn't ever been on a ship within the open ocean.

"Learn by means of doing," he says.

In South to Alaska, writer Nancy Owens Barnes takes readers on trips. On one, readers stick with a tender boy's dream that starts in a one-room, Oklahoma schoolhouse in 1926, and ends a long time afterward an island in southeast Alaska. at the different, readers turn into a passenger aboard the purple puppy because it cruises alongside the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico the place, in 1973, Melvin starts a solo trip alongside the Caribbean coasts of Mexico and primary the US, throughout the Panama Canal, then into the Pacific Ocean to Alaska. laid low with mechanical difficulties, overseas fraud, violent ocean storms, threats of international penitentiary, sickness and loneliness, Melvin fears a dangerous finish prior to attaining where of his desires and returning to the lady he loves. South to Alaska chronicles Melvin's 10,000-mile trip via a perilous international he is familiar with little approximately, to a global he can't forget.

About the Author
As the daughter of the most personality in South to Alaska, Barnes watched her father's dream weave its means throughout the lives of her kin. In 1971, she boarded the pink puppy for the 1st leg of its trip alongside the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers.

Barnes used to be featured within the iciness 2010 factor of Coeur d'Alene journal as one in every of 9 North Idaho authors who've accomplished approval for their paintings. Her writing has seemed in various guides resembling We Alaskans and Idaho journal, and in literary journals resembling The Lyric and Snowy Egret, the oldest self sustaining magazine of nature writing within the usa. In 2008 she bought the Zola Award for Poetry from the Pacific Northwest Writers organization. She has additionally authored a quick anthology of nature writing titled Moose for Breakfast, in addition to a quick advisor for starting writers titled tips on how to Swat the KILLER BEs from your Writing. Barnes acquired her BA measure from Vermont university of Norwich college the place she studied inventive writing.

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