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Sucktown, Alaska

Freshman year, Eddie Ashford had it all. Friends, parties, Taco Bell. He enjoyed it, reveled in it even. And he flunked out. Now he wants to redeem himself. Has to. He takes a job in tiny Kusko, Alaska, and promises to stay a year. His intentions are pure, but soon he’s lonely, low on cash, and desperate to escape the tundra. In this rough, raw, harrowing, and hilarious story, Eddie’s life becomes a dogsled ride along a line between youth and experience, bravery and recklessness, right and wrong. It’s tough going, and Eddie is alone at the helm for the first time.

 
 

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Booklist

"…Dirkes weaves a tale where the setting—a bleak, frozen hinterland where tradition collides with modernity—is the star. Part Twin Peaks, part Northern Exposure, this tale of youthful indiscretion is populated with a cast that is both hilarious and terrifying. Eddie himself is lovable and cringe-worthy, a rascal who gets himself out of trouble only to get into more." - Booklist

April 1, 2017

Kirkus Reviews

"...this coming-of-age debut is a sharply observed journey through seldom-explored territory. Raunchy, funny, fast-paced; for those looking to hook male teen readers, your work is done." - Kirkus Reviews

March 15, 2017

 

School Library Journal

"Dirkes sets the scene for an interesting story full of crass, realistic teenage boy humor. Fans of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian will be drawn to Dirkes’s writing. The author effectively wraps up the narrative and its message about making good decisions. A strong addition for collections in need of funny YA." - School Library Journal

March 1, 2017

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Most Anticipated Indie YA of 2017

January 1, 2017

Craig Dirkes

Craig Dirkes

Craig Dirkes grew up in Minnesota with his parents and two older brothers. He spent his 20s attending college at St. Cloud State University, working at his family's business (a lollipop factory), and traveling the world, having set foot in 39 countries. He began his career as a journalist in rural Alaska, and now works as a public relations writer and professional wedding photographer. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and three young children. He enjoys bird hunting, eating deep-fried cheese curds, and watching Minnesota Vikings football.

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