Who is on the plum tree?
Patricia Tilton runs a blog called Children’s Books Heal. She reviews wonderful books ~ all of which are carefully chosen and all of which embody significant issues that children face from all walks of life. We all wish our little ones didn’t have to grow up too early, but should they have to because life deals them a rough hand, books such as Patricia brings to our attention are like little friends and companions that keep our little people company when things are really difficult. Thank you, Patricia for all that you do.l
Terry Lynn Johnson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fiction, 2014
Suitable for Ages: 10-14
Themes: Sled dogs, Alaska, Wilderness, Survival, Grief
Opening: All eight of my dogs are stretched in front of me in pairs along the gangline. They claw the ground in frustration as the loudspeaker blares. “Here’s team number five. Our hometown girl, fourteen-year-old Victoria Secord!”
Synopsis: Victoria is a dogsled racer in Alaska. Since the recent death of her father, who taught her everything she knows about being a musher, she pours herself into training her dogs and preparing for the White Wolf Classic. On a routine run, she comes across Chris who is injured in a snowmobile accident. A fast-approaching blizzard catches Victoria by surprise and covers her sled trails. She finds herself lost in the frozen wilderness with little food or protection. Her real race becomes one of survival against time. Will she be able to save Chris and herself?
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