Black Star, Bright Dawn

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They were a team – the young Eskimo girl and the white dog, part husky but mostly wolf – a team, yes, but in some ways Black Star was the leader.
Bright Dawn never expected to compete in the Iditarod, the dogsled race that covers more than a thousand miles between Anchorage and Nome. But now she’s here, watching the trail skim by and her dogs running with their ears laid back, and she can’t imagine being anywhere else. But the perils are numerous: the blinding whiteouts, the ...
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Overview

They were a team – the young Eskimo girl and the white dog, part husky but mostly wolf – a team, yes, but in some ways Black Star was the leader.
Bright Dawn never expected to compete in the Iditarod, the dogsled race that covers more than a thousand miles between Anchorage and Nome. But now she’s here, watching the trail skim by and her dogs running with their ears laid back, and she can’t imagine being anywhere else. But the perils are numerous: the blinding whiteouts, the moose who bars her path, and the ice…always the ice. From time to time Bright Dawn shares a camp with the veteran Oteg, who tells her how to run the race. But slowly Bright Dawn realizes she must run her race, not Oteg’s and that means relying on her lead dog, Black Star, not just for the race but for her life.

“A fine novel, exciting.” – Horn Book, starred review
“Superb…exciting to read and infused with dignity.” – Publishers Weekly

Bright Dawn must face the challenge of the Iditarod dog sled race alone when her father is injured.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When her father is injured while training for the Iditarod (the famous 1200-mile dogsled race between Anchorage and Nome), Bright Dawn eagerly takes his place. ``The race is won by thinking,'' an older competitor warns her, which proves to be true. Like all superb adventure stories, this one concerns external threats from the elements and nature, as well as the inner battle: the strength of Bright Dawn's character. Of O'Dell's recent works this is one of his bestexciting to read and infused with dignity. The race, with an unexpected ending, gives the story its simple, penetrating structure. But the story's depth comes from Bright Star's admiration for her father, running like a current through the story. O'Dell's understated, laconic style seems perfectly suited to depicting their relationship. Ages 10-14. (April)
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Intensity, frigid cold, a girl coming of age, and an independent-minded husky-wolf mix dominate Scott O'Dell's story (Houghton Mifflin, 1988) of the Iditarod's 1200 mile arctic race. In the beginning, Bright Dawn's father is asked to run the Iditarod. He previously suffered an injury to both his body and his soul from an encounter with the arctic's devastating terrain, and yearns to redeem himself. He pours his heart and soul into training. But an accident leaves him injured and unable to participate, so his daughter steps in to take his place. She chooses Black Star to lead the team, a dog who her father distrusts. An experienced runner Bright Dawn at the start of the race, offering wisdom and Eskimo folklore along the way. The adventure that follows is full of peril and emotional twists. Bright Dawn brings depth to the character of a female protagonist. Black Star makes an intriguing lead dog, but his story is not fully explored. Jessica Almasy's mesmerizing voices for all the characters will hook listeners to the end. Although several of the story threads fizzle, the emotional tug, captivating environment, and compelling storytelling make this audiobook a must-have.—Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL
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"A fine novel, exciting, with a sensitive portrayal of Eskimo culture and an estimable heroine." Horn Book, Starred
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441871442
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 8/20/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 3 CDs, 3 hrs. 39 min.
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott O’Dell (1898–1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2003

    Exciting story, great girl protagonist

    My eight-year-old and I have difficulty finding books in which girl protagonists are interesting and not 'boy crazy.' This book depicts a girl who is determined and intelligent, but not so perfect as to be a caricature. Her Iditerod adventure is very exciting, and her fellow characters are well developed. The story addresses tensions between Eskimo and white cultures, but this theme adds to the book's complexity without being preachy or heavy-handed. We really enjoyed the book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2002

    Finally..a female protagonist!

    This book was okay and the best part about this book is that the protagonist was a teenage girl. The most interesting part of this book was when she got stuck on the chunk of ice. I recommend this book because you don't read many books with female protagonist.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Awesome

    I love odell books and this is one of my favs. Intriguing story line, likable characters, and a creative, unexpected ending. I definitely reccomend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2009

    Young Lady Proves her Grit at the Iditarod

    Black Star, Bright Dawn was my students' second read-aloud this school year. My students who live in southwest Louisiana were not altogether familiar with the setting of the story, but through classroom discussion and mini geography lessons they came to have an appreciation for this part of our country. They also learned how important it is to show sportsmanship in whatever we do. It's not always so important that we win the race as it that we finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2007

    How i liked this book

    I liked this book because it was very interesting to read. Bright Dawn has a mind of her own. She is very talanted at the races. It pleased me to know that her father said he wanted her to run the 300 mile race. Black Star has a mind of his own too. In the book Bright Dawnis stuck on a ice burg with little food and water, out of five days it is three days that she lives without food. then after awhile a plane drops food and a note that says 'Help is on the way'. Then that night her father comes to rescue her and the dogs. So her father puts her, the sled, and seven dogs on boat hten raelly only big enough for two full grown men. Bright Dawn is tired and says that she is finished with the race. But her father says 'You're not finished until yopu cross the finish line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2005

    Scott O'Dell's first book Island of the Blue Dolphins

    Since Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell was born in 1916 and was death in 1989. But this is the story is mainly about the ice and snow was about the girl and wolf to keep story. We bought from Rockville Public Library called Black Star, Bright Dawn by Scott O'Dell.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2004

    Great Book

    Thought it was a great tale about the Iditarod race!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2000

    Don't Bother

    I was really disappointed in this book. O'Dell's books are usually interesting, but this one barely kept me reading it. It had some really good descriptions, though, but I didn't really understand them.

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    Posted July 9, 2009

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