Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod is American author Gary Paulsen’s account of participating in the iconic race. Paulsen, best known. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. Gary Paulsen, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $26 (p) ISBN Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. Gary Paulsen, Author Harvest Books $15 (p) ISBN

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Jan 28, Mark rated it it was amazing. There’ll be more later to talk about Major Wrecks 72 Becoming Dog. Paulsen says that he has a son, but it is not clear if his son was born before or after this first race.

His tight narrative and wintervance stories about one of the most famous dog races in America is truly a gift. The Iditarod is a winterddance through the wilds of Alaska and the trail takes Gary on the journey of a lifetime. Jan 25, Karrie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Before long it is time for Gary and the team to cross the starting line.


He purchases some Canadian sled dogs, Devil, Wintfrdance, and Murphy, and on the drive back home quickly pahlsen the difference between family pets and Eskimo sled dogs. Now I know why. Then i woke up again and noticed only 8 dogs. Alaska’s Iditarod Starts Today. This study guide contains the following sections: I remember strongly disliking the hero of the Hatchet series.

There are moments in our life when we realize we are mere mortals. Inhis first book was published under the title The Special War. See 2 questions about Winterdance‚Ķ. I was literally up until 2: It is very likely that those stories are more real and more powerful. The beauty of Alaska and the relationship between mushers and dogs running in that beauty gives one pause. It’s also a very, very funny book paulaen he did the race before the internet and really had no clue how to train, how to pack, what to expect, etc.


View all 5 comments. Once Gary makes the decision to run witnerdance race he embarks on a comical lesson about himself and life in general. May 28, Emily rated it really liked it. To see what your friends thought of sinterdance book, please sign up. A quick read but truly an outcome of great journaling. Something about those experiences, about the place, sticks with you.

Anne It isn’t the real ending??! Also – this was a required summer reading book for highschool freshman. And I thought of how to answer her.

As Gary Paulsen’s relationship with the dogs grows, he begins taking the team on longer and longer runs, sometimes staying out for several days at a time. One neighbor even donates his truck and drives Paulsen and the dogs up to Anchorage for the race.

On this detour, Paulsen encounters a moose which, despite being repeatedly shot by a Musher traveling behind him, kills the lead dog of that team. Part of it is the writing. When word gets around that Paulsen plans to compete in the Iditarod, the local community rallies behind him by donating money, food, and essential gear.


Which I shouldn’t need to do. He’d have run the Iditarod even if he wasn’t a writer. She is supportive, she is caring, and at times she is concerned, but we do not have a picture of her with pau,sen kind of emotional depth. Some of Paulsen’s most well-known books are the “Hatchet” series, although he has published many other popular novels including DogsongHarris and Meand The Winter Roomwhich won the Newbery Honor. I taught 2nd grade for 18 years and then taught literature to grades 7, 8, 9 for 16 years.

Winterdance – Gary Paulsen – Author Biography

This book is incredible. Finger Lake 1 64 Rainy Pass. I went back to bed because i thought i was crazy. Paulsen’s inexperience causes problems right from the first day, when he takes paulen wrong turn that adds miles to his run.

Why would reading this be such an emotional experience for someone whose passions are more along the lines of mixing drinks and analyzing stories? Paperbackpages.

Winterdance Summary & Study Guide

Thanks for telling us about the problem. They endured blinding wind, snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, hallucinations – and the relentless push to go on.

She patted my arm and nodded. Gary learns that simplicity is often better than being swept up in money and things.