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Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

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ISBN13: 9780156001458
ISBN10: 0156001454
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Staff Pick

I read Winterdance while camping in the mountains of eastern Oregon when it was cold, very cold (though I was snug and warm in my sleeping bag), but I was glad to not be experiencing the Arctic climes in the book. Gary Paulsen describes cold and snow the likes of which I hope never to encounter, but does so with humor and an eye for detail that brings this story to life for the reader — a world of stark beauty, the breath steaming from his dogs, the wild animals.
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Publisher Comments:

Winterdance is an unforgettable account of Gary Paulsen's most ambitious quest: to know a world beyond his knowing, to train for and run the Iditarod. Fueled by an all-consuming passion for running dogs, Paulsen entered the grueling 1,180-mile race across Alaska in dangerous ignorance and with fierce determination. For seventeen days, Paulsen and his team of fifteen dogs ran through breathtaking and treacherous Arctic terrain. They crossed the barren, moonlike landscape of the Alaskan interior and witnessed sunrises that cast a golden blaze over the vast waters of the Bering Sea. They endured blinding wind, snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, hallucinations — and the relentless push to go on. He crossed the finish line, but it wasn't enough: Paulsen was obsessed and wanted to race again. Though the dangers of the Iditarod were legion, more frightening still was the knowledge that he could not stop racing dogs of his own free will.

Review:

"There are only a handful of indispensable dog books...Winterdance belongs among [those] classics." Washington Post

Review:

"In the tradition of Jack London...[Paulsen's] prose is spare and physical; at its best, it has the fluid simplicity of Hemingway." Booklist

Review:

"A breathtaking, heart-stopping, roller coaster ride that depicts the brutal reality of the Iditarod, the magnificent beauty of Alaska, and the unique, if not surreal, relationship that develops between man and dog." Nevada Weekly

Review:

"In a style reminiscent of fellow nature writer Farley Mowat, Paulsen deftly examines careening on a precarious edge." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on. Map and color photographs.

About the Author

GARY PAULSEN has written nearly two hundred books for young people, including the Newbery Honor Books Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. He divides his time between a home in New Mexico and a boat on the Pacific Ocean.

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m.wuthrich, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by m.wuthrich)
just one word brilliant
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N, September 11, 2011 (view all comments by N)
When I worked at a bookstore this was the book I gave to customers when they needed a gift for someone they didn't know very well. It has something for everyone. Beautiful scenes from nature, lots of laughter and adventure. You'll never feel the same about the scent of a skunk after this book. Try it. I guarantee you'll love it!
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Neal, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Neal)
After I read this book, I had to go to the next Iditarod and be a volunteer dog handler.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156001458
Author:
Paulsen, Gary
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Location:
San Diego, California :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
Alaska
Subject:
Winter Sports
Subject:
Iditarod trail sled dog race, alaska
Subject:
Sled dog racing
Subject:
Mushers
Subject:
Sled dog racing -- Alaska.
Subject:
Alaska Biography Anecdotes.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Paulsen, Gary
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Winter Sports
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
SB/94-33
Publication Date:
19950231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9 to 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 5.75 in 0.94 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 272 pages Harvest/HBJ Book - English 9780156001458 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I read Winterdance while camping in the mountains of eastern Oregon when it was cold, very cold (though I was snug and warm in my sleeping bag), but I was glad to not be experiencing the Arctic climes in the book. Gary Paulsen describes cold and snow the likes of which I hope never to encounter, but does so with humor and an eye for detail that brings this story to life for the reader — a world of stark beauty, the breath steaming from his dogs, the wild animals.

"Review" by , "There are only a handful of indispensable dog books...Winterdance belongs among [those] classics."
"Review" by , "In the tradition of Jack London...[Paulsen's] prose is spare and physical; at its best, it has the fluid simplicity of Hemingway."
"Review" by , "A breathtaking, heart-stopping, roller coaster ride that depicts the brutal reality of the Iditarod, the magnificent beauty of Alaska, and the unique, if not surreal, relationship that develops between man and dog."
"Review" by , "In a style reminiscent of fellow nature writer Farley Mowat, Paulsen deftly examines careening on a precarious edge."
"Synopsis" by ,
Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on. Map and color photographs.

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