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Stubborn Gal

The True Story of an Undefeated Sled Dog Racer

by O'Neill, Dan

Maisch, Klara (Illus.)

48 p., illustrated in color throughout, 8 x 10

Format: cloth and electronic, click "Buy this Book" for pricing options

Price: $15.95

2015

Stubborn Gal is the true story of a 60-mile sled dog race and a young woman determined—if not precisely qualified—to run it. A grandfather tells his granddaughter Sarah about another, older Sarah and her unusual adventure. The older Sarah, bored and alone one winter long ago, decides to enter her first sled dog race. She has never competed in a race before and never run a large team of dogs. But when a race official strongly discourages her from entering, she resolves to sign up. Sarah has three days to learn how to control a ten-dog team. Two practice runs end in complete disaster! On the third day, she enters the race, and the outcome surprises everyone, including Sarah. Stubborn Gal offers all kids—but especially girls—a thrilling example of courage and determination.

A terrific true story that will surely delight both children and the adults who read it with them. The lively text delivers life lessons about independence, persistence, and grace with a light hand and good humor, and the illustrations by Klara Maisch are both beautiful and true to Alaska. Highly recommended!”

—Nancy Lord, former Alaska Writer Laureate

Maisch's lovely landscapes certainly convey what it must be like in the heart of Alaska during a cold winter, and the story’s message about gumption and tenacity make this a book worth recommending.

Kitsap Sun

A beautifully crafted true story. . . . Loaded with gorgeous illustrations, important basics of musing, and a refreshing honesty about the trials and tribulations of running sled dogs. . . . Will surely inspire young audiences.

Mushing Magazine

Dan O’Neill is the author of A Land Gone Lonesome: An Inland Voyage along the Yukon River; The Last Giant of Beringia: The Mystery of the Bering Land Bridge; and The Firecracker Boys. He lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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