Alaskan adventures

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January 25, 2001|By Molly Baldwin

Alaskan adventures

After spending a week camping in Alaska's Russell Fjord Wilderness Area, author Sherry Shahan felt a new book coming on - one based in the state some call the last frontier.

"Frozen Stiff," published in 1998, follows two cousins, Cody and Derek, as they sneak out of their Alaskan home for what they expect to be a simple kayaking trip. To their surprise, rapidly rising water causes them to lose their supplies and their bearings, and a glacier on the move takes away their escape route. They're stranded.

With no option other than to fend for themselves, the pair struggle to survive in their icy surroundings. Their adventures include an encounter with a bear, snowblindness, a bout with hunger, and the appearance of a mysterious couple.

The Glenwood Branch Library in Cooksville will hold a book club Tuesday for parents and kids 9 to 12 to discuss Shahan's book and share their ideas about how they think they might have fared in the same situation. 7 p.m., 2350 Route 97, 410-313-5577.

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