In the tradition of Jack London, Gary Paulsen presents an unforgettable account of his participation in the 1,100-mile-long dogsled race called the "Iditarod". For 17 days, Paulsen and his team of dogs endured blinding wind, snowstorms, moose attacks, and more--yet relentlessly pushed on to the end. "The best author of man-against-nature ...Read MoreIn the tradition of Jack London, Gary Paulsen presents an unforgettable account of his participation in the 1,100-mile-long dogsled race called the "Iditarod". For 17 days, Paulsen and his team of dogs endured blinding wind, snowstorms, moose attacks, and more--yet relentlessly pushed on to the end. "The best author of man-against-nature adventures writing today".--Publishers Weekly.Read Less
This is an outstanding book and on my list of "Best Ever Read". It was passed from 3 grown
sons, to both parents, a son in law (who enjoyed it so much that he bought a copy for his mother) , and a grandson. It is "laugh out loud" funny, exciting, informative and a real page-turner.
Sep 28, 2007
This book is a must-read for those who enjoy books of courage and adventure. I laughed and cried, and could hardly put it down until the end. A wonderful testiment of the courage and resiliency of the human nature, in a setting both wild and wonderful. For those of you who love hearing about the Iditarod, or for those who would like to know more, this book is informative and insightful. I'll never take the courage of those who run the race for granted again.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-01-16 Acclaimed children's book author Paulsen offers a gripping account of his experience running the 1180 mile Iditarod dogsled race. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1994-02-07 The scene was unnerving to a novice: television cameras, loudspeakers, crowds and nearly 2000 excited dogs all jammed a street in downtown Anchorage. It was the start of the Iditarod dogsled race from Anchorage to Nome over 1180 miles of rugged terrain. Paulsen ( Clabbered Dirt, Sweet Grass ) had run dogs in Minnesota, but was woefully unprepared in 1983 for his first Iditarod and for conditions in Alaska. After getting lost with his 15-dog team in Anchorage at the start, he and the dogs later took a wrong turn again, adding 120 miles to the journey. Attacked by a moose, suffering frostbite and sleeplessness, he nevertheless completed the race in 17 days and was eager to run another. Paulsen presents a fine depiction of the landscape and of dogs at work in this gripping story of adventure and endurance. Photos. First serial to Readers Digest; author tour. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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