John Smelcer

4 children’s books by the writer

John Smelcer has a doctorate in contemporary literature, and has won the prestigious James Jones First Novel prize for The Trap, which is published in the USA by Henry Holt. He has a unique perspective on the Native American point of view, as he is himself an Ahtna Athabaskan Indian. He has had more than twenty books published. Many have been on Native American myth.

12+ years

The Trap

John Smelcer

The Trap

Johnny worries when his grandfather doesn't return home from checking his trap line. The elderly Indian has packed ample supplies on his snowmobile, but has stayed out far too long in the plummeting temperatures of the Alaskan winter. Only ...

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10+ years

The Trap

John Smelcer

The Trap

Johnny's grandfather has taken far too much time to check his trap lines in the Alaskan snow. The old man is proud and stubborn, and determined to be as independent as ever. But Johnny is right to worry - his ...

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12+ years

The Great Death

John Smelcer

The Great Death

The visitors from downriver had strange pale skin and blue eyes, but they left a deadly sickness of red spots and fever. Thirteen-year-old Millie and her younger sister Maura were the only survivors. As the first snowflakes fell the dogs ...

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12+ years

The Edge of Nowhere

John Smelcer

The Edge of Nowhere

This is an astonishing tale of survival; a poignant Robinson Crusoe story, based on true events. When Seth and his dog, Tucker, are washed overboard from his father's fishing boat during a torrential storm, they are assumed drowned. But ...

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