Fired by a passion for running dogs, award-winning author Gary Paulsen entered the Iditarod, a gruelling 1180-mile race across Alaska, in dangerous ignorance and with fierce determination. After a spectacularly inept period of training and an even more spectacularly inept start to the race, Paulsen and his team of 15 dogs ran for 17 days through ...
Fired by a passion for running dogs, award-winning author Gary Paulsen entered the Iditarod, a gruelling 1180-mile race across Alaska, in dangerous ignorance and with fierce determination. After a spectacularly inept period of training and an even more spectacularly inept start to the race, Paulsen and his team of 15 dogs ran for 17 days through the beautiful, treacherous arctic terrain. They crossed the barren moon-like landscape of the Alaskan interior and witnessed sunrises that cast a golden blaze over the vast waters of the Bering Sea. Enduring blinding wind, snowstorms, dogfights, frostbite, moose attacks, sleep deprivation and hallucinations, he pushed on. This book recounts his adventure.
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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