Online creative writing instructor Sherry Shahan’s latest middle grade novel is Ice Island, which was recently published by Random House.  The book was inspired when Sherry visited a remote island in Alaska after the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.  Sherry was startled by the sight of polar bear hides drying on racks, and amused by children playing with chunks of ice like blocks.  She kept her notes for more than 10 years before she began writing this bone-chilling story.  Her lesson?  “Never throw anything away!”

Kirkus says about the book, “Told in fast-paced third-person, this survival adventure creates an almost otherworldly experience within a treacherous and bracingly beautiful landscape.  As a race for survival, this is also an exhilarating sprint through the pages.”

Congratulations, Sherry!

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