Dinosaurs left footprints in the Arctic snow.
A novel for middle-grade readers
This story follows Pakky, a young pachyrhinosaurus living in what is now called the North Slope of Alaska. In her first year, she discovers the wonders of the yearly cycle of life and migration. She experiences her first sunless winter and learns about ice and snow, hunger and danger. She learns that even though the time of light gives way to the time of dark, light always comes back again.
Separating fact from fiction
While the story is fiction, it includes an educational non-fiction section full of dinosaur facts, discussion questions, a commentary on separating fact from fiction, and dinosaur word games.
Some of the dinosaurs you will learn about:
- Nautilus Book Awards 2023 Silver Award Middle Grade Fiction, Ages 8 12
- Royal Dragonfly 2022 Honorable Mention Middle Grade Fiction, Ages 8-12
- Free coloring pages to download
- Free educational activities available to download
"In Arctic Dinosaurs of Alaska, we get to enter into the minds of Arctic dinosaurs. In the process of imagining their lives, we open a window into a world unlike anything on Earth today..." Patrick S. Druckenmiller, Ph.D. - Department of Geosciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks
What readers are saying:
- This will be a joy for children and adults alike. - Educator 1003450 on NetGalley
- If you're a teacher or simply interested in dinosaurs or, for that matter, Alaska's history, this book should be a must. - June P, Reviewer on NetGalley
About the Author
Bonnye Matthews, a prolific, eclectic author, sought a break after writing a five-volume novel series, a three-volume novella series, a paradigm booklet, and other books between 2013 and 2018. Each of those books earned an award. Hearing about Arctic dinosaurs walking in snow drew her to a subject that had never held an attraction for her. Wondering how they survived Arctic winters had her hooked. A confirmed workaholic, Matthews' idea of a break was something new to work on, something challenging, demanding, consuming-not a trip to a resort or a time spent doing nothing. She found it, and it turned into Arctic Dinosaurs of Alaska, a dinosaur book for older children to pique their curiosity and intellectual pursuit. Having taught in public school and homeschooling a daughter, her book was fiction but also it is one you could call a well-disguised textbook, because the fiction nests in non-fiction.
In Arctic Dinosaurs of Alaska, we get to enter into the minds of Arctic dinosaurs. True, we don't really know what went on in their relatively small brains, but the very fact they lived there for millions of years suggests they knew what they were doing, and they had the skills necessary to survive many challenges they faced. In the process of imagining their lives, we open a window into a world unlike anything on Earth today.
Patrick S. Druckenmiller, PhD, University of Alaska Museum of the North, Department of Geosciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks