TITLE: The River of Gold
GENRE: Middle Grade Adventure
The small plane yawed toward the setting sun as we droned along above the jagged snow-capped peaks. Nothing had prepared me for the sheer size of the landscape below. Purple and white mountains stretched on either side of us as far as I could see. Huge glaciers like glass rivers wound down into the shadowy valleys. “It’s all so big,” I said.
“Yes,” Dirk said. “Alaska is a huge place. Easy for a man to get lost and never be seen again.”
Beside me, my dog Sparky stood on my lap with his front paws on the window. He whined and then licked my nose. “I think Sparky needs to go,” I said.
“Once we get to Fairbanks, we’ll just have time to get our things together and get to the boarding house before dark,” Dirk said, “but I’m sure we can let a small dog make a stop.”
Dirk Armstrong, my uncle, is a famous anthropologist. Besides teaching at New York University, he travels all over the world studying different peoples and cultures. Last week, Uncle Dirk called to let me know he was joining a huge expedition in Alaska. “We’ll be at the Yukon River,” he said. “I’ll be studying an Inuit village and some other men will be going along to study the wildlife and geology. I’d like you to come along, Brock. And of course you can bring Sparky.”
“I don’t know,” I said. Dodging polar bears and sleeping in igloos in the frozen north didn’t sound like much fun.