Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Books to Keep you Cool

The hit movie, "Bucket List" inspired many people to make lists of what they'd like to do before they die. I guarantee you this is really just curriculum for Auburn High School's 10th grade health class. One item from my list of goals written in 1998 is: "go dog sledding in Alaska". The next three books are about dog sledding.

No End in Sight: My Life as a Blind Iditarod Racer - Rachael Scdoris and Rick Steber

Rachael lost her sight as a small child and recounts her experiences growing up wishing her dad would teach her to mush. Eventually, he allows her to run the dogs and she pushes to be allowed to race. Rachael meets the requirements to race the Iditarod and fights the Iditarod beauracracy to have a sight guide to keep her out of trouble out on trail. Great story about perseverance and the love of dogs.

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod - Gary Paulsen

From the auther of The Hatchet, this laugh-out-loud funny book tells of one man's incredible journey from Midwesterner to Arctic adventurer. He spends summer months literally in the dog house after being sprayed by skunks. He experiences exhaustion induced hallucinations. He rigs up his classic VW beetle as a dog sled and has quite the adventure.

Yukon Alone: The World's Toughest Adventure Race - John Balzar

John Balzar volunteers along the Yukon Quest dog sled race. Learn about the different village checkpoints, the kindness of strangers and the crazy stories from out on the world's toughest dog sled race.

1 comment:

  1. All of these books look great and we could use some cooling down here!


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