Friday, March 6, 2015

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod 

by Gary Paulsen

I was looking for books to share with my students about the Iditarod when I stumbled across Winterdance. In early elementary school, we studied the Iditarod and followed the race. It has fascinated me ever since.  I am not an avid reader of nonfiction. I do not care for memoirs. This was the most humorous, gripping, and interesting nonfiction book that I have ever picked up. It is full of action and adventure of the best kind. This book is a glimpse into the heart of "the last great race on earth."

Paulsen takes on the challenge of running the Iditarod. This is a grueling  sled dog race through Alaska that stretches 1000 miles. To learn more about the race, go here. 

Paulsen eats, sleeps, and breathes Iditarod. It is the ultimate challenge and he will stop at nothing to take it on. But with all of the hardships to even get to the race, will he make it to the finish line?

"I write because I really, really like to write." -Gary Paulsen
"For young people I tell them to read like a wolf eats."

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1 comment:

  1. Happy to see you've reviewed Winterdance. I wanted to make it my March book, but haven't - yet! Thanks for the Paulsen video, too - I had not seen it. Are you following this year's Iditarod? It's so different - weather-, trail-, and musher-wise!