When Mia follows her sister halfway across the world to Alaska, she discovers that love can be found in the most unexpected and beautiful of places. A lyrical new novel from the winner of the 2009 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction with Something in the World Called Love.
Award-winning author Sue Saliba's lyrical young adult novel about following your heart to the most unexpected and beautiful of places.
mia's heart made a sound that no one heard except for mia
late one night when she woke from dreams into darkness.
ethan was asleep beside her, and em was a forest away.
outside it was night and dark and alaska. the sky was upside down.
When Mia follows her sister halfway across the world to Alaska, she discovers that love can be found in the most unexpected and beautiful of places. But can Mia find the courage to follow her heart in Alaska? And what if the one you love is not all that you wish them to be?
Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, 2012
Shortlisted for the APA Design Awards for Best Children's Cover, 2012
Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book, 2012
“Saliba has written an elegiac, wise and moving novel.”
Cameron Woodhead, The Saturday Age
“Alaska is a gorgeous, gorgeous book. It's breathless and aching and it completely captures that swirl of coming-of-age emotions. The fear and hope and vulnerability we all feel. The fleeting moments of deep happiness pitched against the uncertainties of the world and your place in it ... this book is brave and true and full of heart and soul ... I completely loved Alaska.”
“There are books imbued with a certain kind of magic. There are books we read and then, then, there are books that invite complete immersion. A gift from an Author to a reader, to give words that have texture and fluidity, richness and depth, a narrative that invites participation and hides the world around us behind a veil of enchantment ... Alaska ... is such a book.”
The Book Gryffin
“Evoked clearly and brilliantly even through third person is Mia's voice. Her tone is quietly intense, sometimes almost melancholy, and full of wonder ... Everything about this book is completely gorgeous. The prose, the story, the message; even the design ... Alaska is a quietly powerful story that could teach anyone lessons about appreciating the world and the people around us. A definite must-read.”
“After I first saw and heard of Alaska, I couldn't wait to read it ... it seemed to be such a different book, so beautiful and intriguing ... and I wasn't let down, but lifted up - it was very different from the brief description's I'd read, there is so much more to it and I loved it! ... I adored how Sue brought across the conservation side of the story and it made it a truly amazing read ...”
Romi, Where The Writer Comes To Write
“I loved how atmospheric the prose was - it leaps and bounds, free from the restraints of capital letters and rules. There is also this quiet intensity about it that invites you into Mia's world, into Alaska.”
Cass, Words on Paper
“Alaska is a dazzling novel. It's poignant, heart wrenching and encapsulates the emotions and vulnerability of a young girl as she finds her place in her world.”
“Some books shout from the page, strident and bold, demanding to be heard. Other books whisper in your ear. Almost as if to say: 'Come closer. I have something to tell you.' So you lean in, sink into the words, and let yourself be submerged. Alaska is one of the latter. It is a quiet, seemingly simple story, with great emotional depth beneath the plot ... There is something almost dream-like about the experience of reading this book – the lyrical flow, the delicate handling of the dialogue, the beauty of the language ... Absolutely beautiful.”
“Effortless and beautiful, with really spare and graceful writing. One of those wonderful YA books that really captures the pain and loneliness of adolescence (late teens, I'm assuming). Didn't think I'd like it, and it really resonated with me. Not a single excess word or unneeded scene. Really gorgeous.”
“I fell in love with it instantly.”
“I honestly have not read a more beautiful book in a long time ... It's one of those books that reminds you, if you ever forget, why reading is amazing.”
Megan Burke, Literary Life
“Saliba creates a haunting picture of an Australian girl's struggle with loneliness and uncertainty, set on the edge of the remote Alaskan wilderness. Evocative imagery of forest, snow and wildlife strengthen the fabric of a superbly told story, in which the central character finds a way ... to embrace the complexity of human experience and take responsibility for what she has left behind.”
Judges' Report, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, 2012