Smelcer clearly knows his way around Alaskan mountains.--David Roberts, author of The Mountain of My Fear
Praise for Edge of Nowhere:
A survival story, but one with a strong heart.--ForeWord Reviews
A thought-provoking and moving coming-of-age story.--Publishers Weekly
Another gripping literary triumph for Smelcer.--Midwest Book Review
Praise for Lone Wolves:
A beautiful and moving story of courage and love.--Ray Bradbury
An engaging tale of survival, love, and courage.--School Library Journal
Smelcer] promises to further solidify his status as 'Alaska's modern day Jack London.'--Suzanne Steinert, Mushing
Powerful, eloquent, and fascinating, showcasing a vanishing way of life in rich detail.--Kirkus
Combines good old-fashioned adventure . . . with heart-tugging moments of clarity and poignancy that recall Julie of the Wolves.--Booklist
A compassionate and inspiring tale . . . highlights the importance of family, community, and heritage.--Midwest Book Review
Brothers Sebastian and James Savage decide to climb one of the highest Alaskan mountains to prove themselves to their father. Inspired by true events, Savage Mountain is not a story of father-son reconciliation, but a touching story of two brothers who test their limits and learn that no matter how different they might be, the strongest bond of all is brotherhood.
John Smelcer is poetry editor of Rosebud and the author of more than forty books. He is an Alaskan native of the Ahtna tribe, and a skilled mountaineer. He divides his time between Talkeetna, Alaska, and Kirksville, Missouri, where he teaches in the department of communications studies at Truman State University.
About the Author
John Smelcer is the poetry editor of Rosebud magazine and the author of more than forty books, including the recent young adult novels Lone Wolves and Edge of Nowhere (Leapfrog Press, 2013 and 2014). He is an Alaskan Native of the Ahtna tribe, and is now the last tribal member who reads and writes in Ahtna. John holds degrees in anthropology and archaeology, linguistics, literature, and education. He also holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University, and formerly chaired the Alaska Native Studies program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His first novel, The Trap, was an American Library Association BBYA Top Ten Pick, a VOYA Top Shelf Selection, and a New York Public Library Notable Book. The Great Death was short-listed for the 2011 William Allen White Award, and nominated for the National Book Award, the BookTrust Prize (England), and the American Library Association's Award for American Indian YA Literature. His Alaska Native mythology books include The Raven and the Totem (introduced by Joseph Campbell). His short stories, poems, essays, and interviews have appeared in hundreds of magazines, and he is winner of the 2004 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award and of the 2004 Western Writers of America Award for Poetry for his collection Without Reservation, which was nominated for a Pulitzer. John divides his time between a cabin in Talkeetna, the climbing capitol of Alaska, where he wrote much of Lone Wolves, and Kirksville Mo., where he is a visiting scholar in the Department of Communications Studies at Truman State University. AwardsJohn Smelcer is the winner of the 2004 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award and of the 2004 Western Writers of America Award for Poetry for his collection Without Reservation, which was nominated for a Pulitzer. Lone Wolves was chosen for ALA's Amelia Bloomer book list.Edge of Nowhere is on the Alaska Library Association's 2014 Battle of the Books list. The Great Death- Nominated for The National Book Award, the BookTrust Prize (England), and the American Library Association's Award for American Indian YA Literature- Listed along with The Incredible Journey as one of the greatest adventure stories in The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature (foreword by Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked)- Short-listed for the 2011 William Allen White Book Award for Children's Literature.