North Dakota

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Blizzard’s Wake by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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The story revolves around events during the 1941 blizzard in a small North Dakota town. Teen Kate Sterling mourns her mother’s accidental death caused by drunk driver Zeke Dexter. When she must help rescue him from the blizzard, she finds herself conflicted.

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 years and up
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (October 1, 2002)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0689852207
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0689852206

Several novels by Louise Erdrich are set in North Dakota. Many contain more mature themes, so check for appropriateness.


A Boy Called Slow  by Joseph Bruchac

Audiobook | Paperback | Library binding

Biography of a Lakota Sioux boy growing up in the Dakota Territories who will someday be the historic figure, Sitting Bull.

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 – 8 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Puffin Books; Reprint edition (March 23, 1998)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 069811616X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0698116160

P is for Peace Garden: A North Dakota Alphabet by Roxane B. Salonen and illustrated by Joanna Yardley

Kindle | Hardcover

North Dakota is home to such wonders as bison, mosasaurs and the Red River. The International Peace Garden referred to in the title is found in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota and Manitoba. It is a tribute to peace and friendship between the people of the United States of America and Canada.

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 6 – 9 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sleeping Bear Press; 1st Printing edition (April 1, 2005)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1585361429
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1585361427

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