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: 9781441871466
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 8/20/2010
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 1 MP3-CD, 3 hrs. 37 min.
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (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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Average Rating 4.5
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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!

    2 out of 2 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 April 5, 2014

    Horrible

    I had to read this for class and hated it. I wanted bright dawn to die not stay alive

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    TO ALL

    Icetail locked out here! Silverpaw.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Moonlight

    Licks his face lovingly. She purrs

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Message to whole clan

    WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO YELLOW RES TWO TOMORROW AT FOUR PM PACK YOUR THINGS

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Cloudedpaw

    Cloudedpaw picked up a bright pink Sharpie and uncapped it. She drew a mustache on her muzzle, then ran up to Grassfur and did the same. "SHARPIE ATTACK!" she yowled.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Swirlpaw

    Awh i didnt get a mentor. :c

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Smokestripe

    Blazestripe do you remember Silv))

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Windkit

    "Mew."

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Kestrelpaw

    "Thank you. And, hello, stranger!" She aaid, first to Leopardheart then to Stormpaw.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    May i join

    A nameless silver tabby

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Thunder to True Evil

    Back To Camp!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Lightningfur

    Where is 'True Evil' at

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    C D K T H V B

    They all viciously rip at hhis throat, blood spurting.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Quillpaw

    I feel this clan is coming to an end guys she said wisly for her age

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Cloudfoot

    Back. Whrs Enden star and main camp? :(

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    T F C B C

    Good morning, chicas and chicos. I must go to school now, to learn stuff I don't give a crap about. Football gamel ater too so prolly wont be on for a while.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Greystone

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Willowice

    Hi. Can i please join?

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