Ice Dogs (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2014) by Terry Lynn Johnson puts you right there with 14-year-old dogsledder Victoria Secord and her team of dogs. You’ll feel cold and hungry with her and her companion in this realistic story of how easy it is to be in danger in winter in the Alaskan bush. And, you’ll find yourself worrying about several of the dogs as well as the two teens. The book makes me think of Gary Paulsen’s survival stories, except this time with a girl main character!
Look at all the recognition this books is garnering:
- A Junior Library Guild Selection
- American Booksellers Association (ABA) Best Children’s Books of 2014
- A Scholastic Book Fairs Selection 2014
- Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids 2014
Ms. Johnson was a musher herself, so knows what life is like with sled dogs. Plus, she’s still involved in outdoor adventures and you can read about them on her blog. Read more about Terry on her website.