Alaska’s Secret Door
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Through the eyes of five-year old Clint Ferguson, Alaska’s Secret Door sweeps the reader via the Ferguson family’s canoe into the Athabascan
culture of the Yukon River. Leaving behind both the Tanana River and the
road system, the Fergusons pass through a seemingly invisible door and
discover the sweeping river highway, the artery into the heart of
At Ruby, the Fergusons meet the unforgettable Mary and Paul Peters and
their son, Emmitt Peters, winner and record-setter, of the 1975 Iditarod
Trail Sled Dog Race.
Through the Peters family, Alaska’s Secret Door is a child’s intimate
portrayal of fish camp, smoked moose hides, native ice cream, wind, sand
and salmon. From paddlewheels to the shaman’s exotic kazhem at Shageluk,
Secret Door is a child’s door into Alaska’s fantastic plethora.
Alaska’s Secret Door--Written by Judy Ferguson; illustrated by Nikola
Kocic; published by Glas, Secret Door is the Athabascan people’s
presentation of the Interior’s history, geography and culture, shared
with a young boy and his family.
Alaska’s Secret Door: In an Alaskan Van Gogh style, Kocic has powerfully
depicted the subtle hues of Alaska's sky, land and water in the light of
the Midnight Sun; non-fiction; 38 pages; fine arts, coffee table,
children‘s book; paperback; glossary; photos of persons portrayed; maps.
Wholesales: $9.50; Retails$15.50.
Read a review of Secret Door and Little Chief by Capitol City Weekly (Juneau) editor Christina Holmgren.
Publisher and Distribution Information for Alaska's Secret Door
Published April 2004, ISBN: 978-0-9716044-2-1,
distributed by Voice of Alaska Publishing and by