Thought for the Day:
When I last posted, I offered a copy of Stained by Cheryl Rainfield to one of you. Our winner this week is Greg Pattridge! Congratulations, Greg! You can find Greg’s blog, Always in the Middle, by clicking HERE. He teaches middle school (talk about courage!) and blogs mostly about middle-grade teaching and books. Greg, I will be sending Stained to you this week. I wouldn’t suggest it for your students, but it is an excellent read for YA and adults.
Victoria Secord is fourteen and lost her father not long ago. She is a musher — driving sled dogs in races over sometimes-brutal Alaskan open land. Her father taught her to take care of herself in the wild and to take care of her dogs which might mean her survival. Victoria thinks her mother doesn’t understand or appreciate what is most important to Victoria. She also carries a load of guilt, thinking
|Terry Lynn Johnson|
if she had just been with her dad, he wouldn’t have died. One day when her mother is gone, Victoria decides to take her sled several miles overland to see about getting a couple of new dogs. Since she won’t be gone long, she doesn’t take much in the way of supplies. Unfortunately, she doesn’t bother to check the weather. She finds herself in a storm when she discovers an injured boy lying near a crashed snowmobile. She needs to get him to where he can get medical help, packs him into her sled bag, and keeps going. The storm turns into a blizzard, the boy turns out to be a handsome city boy, and they have the fight of their lives on their hands.
Terry Lynn Johnson has lived the life and it shows in this book.This much excitement might not be good for an old lady like me, but I enjoyed every word of it. The story is well-crafted, the characters are fresh and interesting, the setting is a perfect antagonist. It is so refreshing to find a female protagonist in such a great adventure story. There is a touch of romance, but just a touch, and it never gets in the way. Both boys and girls will be completely engaged by this story, and I think adults will as well.
I have a nice hardcover copy of Ice Dogs for one of you. To have your name in the drawing, you need to be either a subscriber or follower, have a U. S. address, and leave a comment. If you aren’t one of my regulars, please tell me if you are a subscriber or follower. If you are neither, just sign up for a subscription or become a follower and let me know. It’s free and easy! Check the right-hand column. If you want an extra chance, spread the word. Post the link to this post on your own blog or on Facebook or Tweet about this and tell me you have done so, and I’ll put your name in the hat an extra time.
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