ICE DOGS by Terry Lynn Johnson/ Houghton Mifflin
High Interest Middle School (Grades 5–8), 288 pages
“Sometimes I wish I could trade places with the dogs. They only have to worry about running and eating. They love fiercely and don’t worry about things they can’t control.. And when someone dies, they can sit on top of their house, throw their head back and howl.”
Junior Library Guild has come through with another outstanding addition to the Winston Library. A musher herself, Terry Lynn Johnson knows the Alaskan terrain where mistakes will cost you everything. Feeling pretty lost after the death of her father, fourteen-year-old dog sledder, Victoria Secord, sets off with her team of dogs intending to return home that same evening. If life could be so simple! This high-adventure novel kept me awake until I’d finished it.