Sweet Home Alaska, by Carole Estby Dagg



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Sweet Home Alaska was written by Carole Estby Dagg. It contains 298 pages and is classified on the publisher’s website for children 10 and up. I rank this book as ♥♥♥♥.

Sweet Home Alaska is a book about a girl named Terpsichore (pronounced Terp-SICK-oh-ree) Johnson. This book takes place during the Great Depression, so when Terpsichore’s family hears about President Roosevelt’s plan to send families to Alaska, they gladly go. After a long boat ride, the Johnson family is greeted by the news that they must stay in a tent with another family until their own tent is put up. When they get their own tent, Mrs. Johnson does not know how to use the small woodstove, and thus burns a cake. This draws a large crowd of people. Luckily, Terpsichore has made a new friend named Gloria who helps her figure out the stove.

One of the main parts of the book is that Terpsichore wants to have a library. She works hard to get it, with the help of of her friend Gloria and another boy named Mendel. The library is located in the camp’s pastor’s tent.

Soon, the first real harvest comes. Mr.Johnson had promised his wife that at that time, she could decide whether they would stay in Alaska or not. Terpsichore hatched a plan to persuade her mother to stay. She made enough money to buy a piano. Mrs. Johnson had taken piano in college and loved it. She ended up deciding to stay!


The only reason I gave this a 4 heart instead of a 5 is that a few bad words are mentioned. It only happens about 5 times, but it is still there. On a positive note, when a boy says something that sounds like a bad word, Terpsichore reprimands him.


Written by Leona G., 11 yrs.



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