This animal adventure by John Reynolds Gardiner is published by Harper Trophy, an imprint of Harper Publishers and is written for kids ages 7 to 11. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Crude or Profane Language
Drug and Alcohol Content
Other Negative Elements
Willy's grandfather becomes severely depressed and incapacitated. Willy tries to save their potato farm. In an effort to win $500, he enters a local sled-dog race with his canine companion Searchlight. He stands little chance against a disgruntled American Indian known as Stone Fox. The Indian and his team of Samoyeds have never lost a race — but Willy refuses to give up.
The old church in the center of town simply serves as a landmark for Willy as he races.
Other Belief Systems
Willy adopts his grandfather's philosophy that "there are some things in this world worth dying for." This refers to his country, nature and animals.
The doctor uses the word darn.
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Readability Age Range
7 to 11
John Reynolds Gardiner
Harper Trophy, an imprint of Harper Publishers
Publishers Weekly No.72 top-selling paperbacks, Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People Award, The New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year