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The Purple Flame

Roy J. Snell

Book Overview: 

Two years after the conclusion of "The Blue Envelope", Marian is crossing the frozen Alaskan tundra alone with three reindeer in order to greet her unknown cousin in Nome. Patsy has traveled from Kentucky. Kentucky! How will she adapt to a frigid winter in Alaska? Will the girls get along? Will the two girls manage the reindeer herd in Marian's father's absence? Who is following them? And just what is that purple flame in the old abandoned scow?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It would help out our food supply. But if it’s reindeer—” her brow wrinkled at the thought, “reindeer might mean trouble.”

At that instant something happened that brought her hand to her side. Quickly unstrapping her field glasses, she put them to her eyes.

A fourth object had appeared on the crest. Even with the naked eye one might tell that this one was not like the other three. He was lighter in color and lacked the lace-like suggestion against the sky which meant broad spreading antlers.


“Reindeer!” she groaned. “All of them reindeer, and the last one’s a sled deer. His antlers have been cut off so he’ll travel better. And that means—”

She pursed her lips in deep thought as the furrows in her brow deepened.

“Oh, well!” she exclaimed at last. “Perhaps it doesn’t mean anything after all. Perhaps they’re just a bunch of stra. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An engaging adventure story about two very mature teenage girls set in the Arctic wilderness of Alaska. Marion and her cousin Patsy, with the help of their trusted Eskimo herders, care for Marion’s father’s reindeer herd, while he is convalescing in the States. They encounter treacherous blizzards,

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This book was far from being my favorite of Roy Snell's "Adventure for Girls" books. It takes place in Alaska where two girls, Marian (who appears in many of his other stories) and her cousin Patsy, who is from Kentucky, is herding her father's reindeer herd. Her father is in poor health and the her