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.
Gr 6 Up-In seven vignettes, Paulsen recounts the story of his lead dog, Cookie, as she mates and gives birth, and her puppies mature toward their destiny-to race and pull sleds. Readers are drawn into that special bond between driver and lead dog through Paulsen's real-life experiences racing in Minnesota. (Keep a tissue handy for the last chapter, "Last Run.") Ruth Wright Paulsen's occasional paintings add warmth and charm to the book. The audience for this title is a problem, due to Paulsen's direct and often nostalgic writing style, although interested teens will read it. Those who loved the author's Woodsong (S & S, 1990) will find this new, "slimmer" volume to be a welcome addition.-Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
Paulsen is at the top of his form in this tribute to his sled dog Cookie, said PW in a starred review. It is easy to cross-shelve this book alongside adult titles, a love story every bit as much as an adventure story. Ages 10-up. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Nonstop action.--The New York Times Book Review
[set star] Readers . . . will find themselves along on a wonderful ride.--Kirkus Reviews (starred)