Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dogsled Dreams Blog Tour

Today, I am excited to host Terry Johnson's awesome, fantastic, oh-so-good Dogsled Dreams. One of my all-time favorite MG reads is Julie of the Wolves. This story is as good--and I think that is high praise indeed! I loved this book. I have recommended we buy a class set for my school. I have shared the great teaching guide that was designed for classroom instruction. I will use it with some of my own classes. 
Great, great story, Terry!!


Dogsled Dreams
January, 2011
4RV Publishing LLC
ISBN-13: 978-0-9826423-4-4

Distributor: Ingram
Now available for order at any bookstore or Amazon (Terry says B&N is the cheapest)

Twelve-year-old Rebecca dreams of becoming a famous dog sled racer. She's an inventive but self-doubting musher who tackles blinding blizzards, wild animal attacks, puppy training, and flying poo missiles. All of her challenges though, seem easier than living up to the dogs' trust in her abilities.

Through the bond she shares with the dogs, Rebecca learns that hard work, dedication, and living in the moment bring their own rewards.

Exhilarating...It's very easy to get lost in the pages of Dogsled Dreams — Lisa Barker,
Demonstrates the bond between mushers and their dogs, the devotion mushers feel for their dogs, and the lengths to which they will go to ensure their dog's health and well-being — Pam Flowers, Alone Across the Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team 
A warm, coming-of-age story about hopes and dreams, but most of all, finding the true meaning of family and friends, whether they have two legs or four! — Darcy Johns, Youth Services Librarian, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia
Johnson's intimate knowledge of the dogs she describes is real, heart-warming and often humorous. Both elementary and secondary teachers can use this in their classroom to engage at-risk readers — Teri Treftlin, Secondary School teacher, Geraldton, Ontario
full of rich details and fascinating information about dog sled racing. Rebecca and her dogs not only came alive, but they brought me along on their adventures — Cynthia Chapman Willis, author of Dog Gone
Rebecca's experiences are applicable to any young girl ready to emerge from the security of childhood to the freedom of adolescence. This is a captivating and exciting debut novel — Superior Outdoors Magazine
I was charmed by Becca and her focus on achieving what she set out to do. A great book for moms and daughters to read together and talk about setting goals — Cindy Hudson, Mother-Daughter Book Clubs
Terry's passion for the outdoors evolved while she paddled in Quetico Provincial Park as a Canoe Ranger. One winter she worked for a dogsledding company, and eighteen huskies followed her home. Terry's debut novel features those quirky dogs who entered her life and heart. 

Terry is an award-winning member of the Outdoor Writers of Canada and Dog Writers' Association of America .
  • Selected by the Iditarod Education Department as a Recommended Read
  • For more information visit the website:
Any teacher using Gary Paulsen's WOODSONG would want Terry Johnson's DOGSLED DREAMS. Terry's realistic writing style and word choice bring the reader through experiences that bring emotions to the surface...emotions of real life living with sled dogs. -- Diane Johnson, Iditarod's Education Director


Angela Felsted said...

Looks like a great read, and I love the pictures you posted.

Shari said...

I wanted to read this, but I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder.

Carolyn V. said...

I've read such great things about Terry's book! I'm so getting it. =)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

It sounds like a great book, though that picture of the snow is kind of depressing. ;)

Valerie Geary said...

I've been waiting to read this book for a long time...I've had a crush on dogsleds since I was a little girl. Must get copy asap!

Melissa said...

This sounds really interesting. I'm going to have to look more into it!

Bethany Mattingly said...

This sounds awesome. I'm definitely going to go tell a friend about it. She does a whole lesson on the Iditarod.

Heather said...

This looks like a fun and inspiring read! Thanks for introducing us to it!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

JULIE OF THE WOLVES rocked! omg, I don't even know what to say. Thank you Thank you Thank you! Especially thank you for sharing it with the school! I'm so glad you liked it.
*grins for the rest of the day*

Jody Hedlund said...

Hi Shannon and Terry!

Congrats, Terry on the release of your book!! And it sounds like one I need to get and read to my kiddos! I wish you all the best during this exciting time of your book's release!

And Shannon, you deserve a huge high five for all of the support you give to your fellow writers. You are just awesome!! Thanks for always being such a great encourager to me!

The Golden Eagle said...

I love Julie of the Wolves, too! Makes me want to read this book even more--I've read so many great reviews of it!

Diane said...

Fun topic and my daughter loves dogs too. Great pick. :O)

Tamika: said...

Thanks ladies, my tween daughter loves that I have the inside scoop on all the great new books that are coming out.

She's such a book hoarder- gosh I love that about her:)

Shelley Sly said...

I hear only amazing things about this book. Must pick it up as soon as I can! Thanks for the review! :)

Carol Riggs said...

Interesting! I haven't read this one, but then, I'm behind on my TBR list. I bet it WOULD be a good teaching guide for school. Cool!

Old Kitty said...

I saw this wonderful book over at Alex J Cavanaugh's blog!! It sounds such an amazing book (lovely dogs, a fiesty heroine - brilliant!!) and I wish Terry Lynn Johsnson all the best! Take care

Jennie Englund said...

I LOVE that Terry belongs to Dogwriters of America!

Have been wanting to read this.

How's your writing/querying coming?

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Aw, I've been wanting to read this! Heading over to Amazon now. I can't believe I keep forgetting to pick this up. Thanks for the comparison! It gives us a good frame of reference!

Melissa Gill said...

This sounds really good. I love dogs, and think sled dogs are fascinating. They are so driven to run.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm waiting for Terry's book to come. I can't wait.

Jemi Fraser said...

I LOVED Dogsled Dreams as well! It's awesome - my students are enjoying it. I'm reading it aloud to them - they love Rebecca!

Lola Sharp said...

I ordered it on Amazon! :)

I wish her a very happy book birthday month.


Juju at Tales of said...

Cooooool concept.

(No pun intended) ;)

Kelly said...

I agree that kids will love the premise, and I love that she included a resource for teachers to use. I'm looking forward to reading this one too!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shannon and Terry .. the book does sound very informative as well as being a good read .. and with the concept of adding a resource for teachers .. Cheers Hilary

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