Saturday, February 15, 2014
ICE DOGS (TERRY LYNN JOHNSON)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|February 4, 2014|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-547-89926-8
Victoria Secord, a fourteen-year-old Alaskan dogsled racer, loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs. With food gone and temperatures dropping, her survival and that of her dogs and the mysterious boy she meets in the woods is entirely up to her.
The author Terry Lynn Johnson is a musher herself, and her crackling writing puts readers at the reins as Victoria and Chris experience setbacks, mistakes, and small triumphs in their wilderness adventure.
ICE DOGS was a beautifully written story full of adventure and excitement. Fourteen-year-old Victoria Secord sets out on a routine sled ride with her team of dogs and gets lost. Along the way she spies a snowmobile smashed into a tree with a body laying a distance from the machine. She stops her team and rescues, Chris, a boy her own age who had recently moved to Alaska and had never even ridden a snowmobile before.
Together, Chris and Victoria try to find their way back home but not before experiencing many set-backs and upsets. I had some breath-holding moments while reading this book and thought for sure at one point it was all over for Victoria and her team of dogs.
An enjoyable read and highly recommended.