Friday, March 18, 2011

Dogsled Dreams review

by Vivian Zabel

Jemi Fraser gave permission for the following to be used here, from her January 3, 2011 blog.

Dogsled Dreams

Woohoo!! Blog Buddy Terry Lynn Johnson's Dogsled Dreams is being released TODAY!!! :)
Dogsled Dreams is a Middle Grade novel sure to please. Here's the blurb:

Twelve-year-old Rebecca dreams of becoming a famous dog sled racer. She's an inventive but self-doubting musher who tackles blinding blizzards, wild animal attacks, puppy training, and flying poo missiles. All of her challneges though, seem easier than living up to the dogs' trust in her abilities.

I've taught Middle Grade aged kids for a long time. I know them really well. Rebecca IS one of them. No question. Rebecca could easily be one of the kids I've taught over the years. Terry's voice is perfect. I especially love the comments Rebecca makes to herself throughout the book. Spot on. She made me smile and laugh all through the story.

I know MG kids are going to love the plot line too. It's full of fun, mystery, worry and LOTS of adventure. One of the best points, in my opinion, is that the readers will easily be able to imagine themselves in Rebecca's shoes...or boots. The adventure isn't out of reach for them, and it isn't something they couldn't do - as long as they are willing to work hard and commit. Great fun with a great lesson as well.

If you can't tell, I LOVED this book! I'm going to use it as a read aloud to my students once we're back in class later this week. I know they'll love it, too!

And, if you don't believe me, check out these AMAZING reviews!!!

"A captivating and exciting debut novel." ~ Superior Outdoors Magazine

"A warm, coming-of-age story about hopes and dreams, but most of all, finding the true meaning of family and friends, whether they have two legs or four!" ~ Darcy Johns, Youth Services Librarian, Nova Scotia

"Any teacher using Gary Paulsen's Woodsong would want Terry Johnson's Dogsled Dreams as part of their classroom library." ~ Diane Johnson, Iditarod's Education Director

"Exhilarating." ~ BiblioReads

WOW!! Can you believe those reviews! Hurry and get your hands on this book NOW!

Posted by Jemi Fraser at 11:03 AM, January 3, 2011

Thank you, Jemi, for allowing us to share your blog post about the top selling book for 4RV for the past several months.

Dogsled Dreams can be found through bookstores,, and other online bookstores. It's also available through 4RV Publishing Catalog.


  1. Just got my copy from Amazon today! Can't wait to start reading it with my dd. I think she'll love it!

  2. Kristine - I think you both will - it's a fabulous story. My students adored it when I read it to them. It's their favourite book of the year so far!

    Thanks Vivian - it's nice to be able to spread the word about such a terrific book!

  3. Thank you, again, Jemi, for allowing us to use your blog post.

    I try to make sure everyone knows about Dogsled Dreams. It is a great book for youngsters, but also interesting for adults.

  4. I've been waiting for this one to come out since I first heard about it! You know, I got to meet some sled dogs when we went to Alaska and the Yukon; adults and newborn puppies. Such sweet dogs. But SO rambunctious! They must love to run and make noise. ;)

  5. Hmmm ... the book has been out since December. Of course you've been rather occupied during all the time Dogsled Dreams has been released. I'll be taking copies with me to the North Texas Book Festival. It can be ordered on the new 4RV Catalog ( or through bookstores or from other online book sellers.