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by Gary Paulsen

In Paulsen's Newbery Honor novel, 14-year-old Russel Susskit leads a dog team on an arduous trek across the frozen Alaskan wilderness on a life-altering journey haunted by dreams of an ancient warrior whose life oddly parallels his own.

Text Excerpt 

His people no longer use dog sleds, instead they use snowmobiles; but Oogruk still has an old team of sled dogs, and they've grown fat and lazy. Russell wonders what it was like to run with the dogs, to look at the snow and ice and hear only the swish of runners along the icy crust, to be like his ancestors. To answer his thoughts, he turns to Oogruk who tells him of the old days and the songs of his people. But hearing about it is not enough, so Russell learns to run the dogs and soon takes off across the tundra, replicating journeys that have been made for thousands of years.

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Tandem Library

About the Author

Gary Paulsen Children's author Gary Paulsen ran away from home at the age of fourteen. His experience in diverse jobs and a wide range of interests have provided the basis for many of his works, including Hatchet and Dogsong .

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