Summer on the North Star

by Elsa Pedersen
Rated 4.8 out of 5

Nice story

Rated 4 out of 5
November 1, 2020

I enjoyed seeing how this little family grew closer to one another during a difficult time through hard work, sacrifice and a little sleuthing. It also taught great lessons on judgement and forgiveness.

Mackenzie S

A gem

Rated 5 out of 5
September 24, 2020

This is a gem of a story in the vein of Elizabeth Enright and Carol Ryrie Brink that I hope will become better known and more widely read.

I loved how close Mary’s family was, and they were able to get along in close quarters. I loved that she was homeschooled (or perhaps more self-educated), and that her diligence in keeping up with her lessons paid off for her. I love the element of mystery, the friends and allies that the family make, and the secret island.

This book is more engaging and attention-holding than some of the other, older The Good and the Beautiful titles. It is a perfect choice for someone who is still “detoxing” from roller coaster books.

If you’re on the wall about which books to buy, I hope you will include this one. The only downside to Summer on the North Star is that it’s over too fast!


So good!

Rated 5 out of 5
August 22, 2020

I don’t usually enjoy stories with an element of mystery, but I really loved this book. The descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness and the homesteaders were beautiful and interesting. I learned about crab fishing. I loved the relationships in the book. Some of them were complex, but this is a book about family solidarity and forgiveness and healing in a complicated community. The mystery was fun to try and figure out–not too intense at all. My 12 yo son really enjoyed this book as well!

Danielle B


Rated 5 out of 5
July 4, 2020

This was an informative book about crab fishing in Alaska. Mary and her family are working hard to make some money to pay for some unexpected bills. Everyone in the family sacrifices their temporary dreams to help each other amidst suspicions and rumors. This book teaches a good work ethic and family loyalty.

Linda L

Perfect book for Summer

Rated 5 out of 5
June 12, 2020

This sweet story encourages us to see the joy in the everyday, to work well at the tasks before us, and to strengthen our family. It was a fun read to learn about crab fishing, something totally new to my kids. It led them to want to know more. They also made goals to complain less about work and be helpful.

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Level 7

Mary McLain had a difficult decision to make. Mom was in the hospital, and Dad had to make money the only way he knew—crab fishing off the shores of the breathtaking Alaskan wilderness. Mary packed up the household things, and with her younger brother, she made a home on the boat–the North Star—working at the crab pots, cooking, and doing schoolwork by correspondence. Now her life is full of hard work, trials, mystery, and joy as she discovers a beautiful island and works hard to help her family clear their name and restore their livelihood as they go after the biggest catch of all—the mysterious crab pirate!

150 pages

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