by Jonathan Thomas Stratman
Will Rollins is new to Alaska, a cheechako. When Will sees a dog out on the ice—as it's breaking up—he foolishly and bravely, rushes to the rescue. He gets to keep the dog and names her Blackie and he also finds a friend, an Alaskan Native named Elias. Thanks to Elias, Will matures and strengthens. When trouble comes, can he survive? He has to. His family and his new friend are counting on him.