Ice dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Cover by: Cliff Nielson & Sheila Smallwood Genre: Adventure; Realistic Fiction
Grade level: intermediate ( Grade 8; Grade 9)
Grit and determination have 14 year old dog musher, Victoria, practicing and running dog-sled races in order to qualify in the famed White Wolf Classic. However, a sudden impulsive action of defiance, sees Victoria harnessing her dog team and travelling cross country to choose a top lead sled dog.
Trained by her father in the art of wilderness survival, she packs her sled for the day trip and mushed her team forward. It is during this trek she comes upon a lone and injured snowmobiler and is thrust into the uncomfortable role of rescuer. The injured person turns out to be a boy close to her in age and rapid changes in weather conditions force her to seek shelter and tend to the stranger’s injuries.
Vicky realizes that this is one circumstance her beloved father hadn’t prepared her for. A chain of unexpected events unfolds and now teens and dogs find themselves fighting for survival in a race against time in the unpredictable Alaskan environment.
A gripping, suspenseful debut novel by Canadian author, Terry Lynn Johnson, is filled with rich detail and suspense.
Where a young woman’s inner resources and strength are tested time and again, in the ruggedly beautiful harsh landscape that is Alaska.
A story where all are heroes.
A tale that will engage readers until the end!