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The Garden of Eden Motel by Morse Hamilton

Dal moves with his step-father to rural Eden, Idaho during the 1950’s.

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (October 28, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0688168140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688168148

Fire Storm by Jean Craighead George and Wendell Minor

Outdoor adventure story of a family that runs into a forest fire while rafting and kayaking down Idaho's Salmon River.

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (September 16, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0060002638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060002633

The Big Burn by Jeanette Ingold

Another tale about people dealing with wildfires in Idaho, this one set in 1910.

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 1, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 015204924X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152049249

Thelma Hatch Wyss sets several of her books in Idaho, including

Here at the Scenic-Vu Motel

Humorous look at a group of high school students living in a motel because their homes are too far from their school.

  • Publisher: Harpercollins (April 1989)
  • ISBN-10: 0064470016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064470018


Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell and illustrated by Ted Rand

True story of how a young girl crossed the Idaho Mountains in 1914 to visit her grandmother.


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