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    Stone Fox

    by John Reynolds Gardiner and Marcia Sewell

    Willy enters a dogsled race to save his family farm, but is soon challenged by the mysterious Indian, Stone Fox. "The most exciting and moving book this season."—The New Yorker

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    by John Reynolds Gardiner and Marcia Sewell

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Stone Fox

Author: John Reynolds Gardiner

Illustrator: Marcia Sewall

Interest Level:
3-5

Lexile Framework:
550L

Grade Level Equivalent:
3.2

Guided Reading Level:
P

Age:
8-10

Genre:
Adventure, Classics

Subject:
Courage, Bravery, Heroism, Determination and Perseverance, Winter Themes, Grandparents and Grandchildren, Dogs

About This Book

Few characters are as determined as ten-year-old Willy, once he learns that his grandfather is sick in bed because he has no reason to live. Little Willy and his grandfather make their home on a potato farm in Wyoming, and although the work can be back breaking, it is also a lot of fun, especially when Grandfather plays with Willy. Now with Grandfather too depressed to speak, much less get out of bed, Willy and his loyal dog, Searchlight, have to harvest the crop themselves. They need to rent a horse, but when Willy looks in the strongbox for money, he discovers that they are broke. The problem is solved when Searchlight takes up the harness in her mouth. Willy and Searchlight are able to plow the fields and harvest the potatoes, but when they present Grandfather the money earned from its sale, Willy finds out that his Grandfather is still depressed.

Willy discovers that Grandfather needs 500 dollars to pay off 10 years worth of back taxes on the farm, or they will lose it. In a daring plan, Willy enters the National Dogsled Race, and stakes everything on the wild hope that he can outrun the best dogsled racers in the country — including the legendary Indian, Stone Fox. The fast-paced, thoroughly engrossing description of the race reaches a sudden, tragic climax when Searchlight dies just before the finish line. In a moving end, Stone Fox understands that Willy and Searchlight are the true winners and allows Willy to carry Searchlight across the finish line and collect the prize.

The author of a number of children's books, including General Butterfingers and Top Secret, John Reynolds Gardiner got the idea for his story from a Rocky Mountain legend told to him in a café in Idaho. Though the characters are fictitious, the race and its surprising finish are reported to have actually happened.


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