Monday, January 3, 2011

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!

Heres the Barnes & Noble link - it's got the best price at the moment! Enjoy!!!
Check out Terry's website and her blog for lots more interesting stuff! Congratulations Terry - your book is sure to be a great success!

98 comments:

  1. This is the next book I plan to read, and I'm tour hosting this month too. I can't wait! Yay, Terry!!! :-)

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  2. Shannon - You're going to LOVE it! It's a fabulous MG adventure!! :)

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  3. wow! *blushes to my toes*
    thank you, thank you, Jemi! So glad you enjoyed it!

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  4. Terry - you're so welcome!! I LOVED this book! It's wonderful :)

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  5. Congrats, Terry!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to read it!

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  6. That's so exciting that it came out!! I'm so excited for Terry!

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  7. Thanks for the book news, it sounds great! Happy New Year!

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  8. Kelly - I know you'll enjoy it! :)

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  9. Alex - thanks! It is a terrific read :)

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  10. Golden Eagle - it must be a great feeling! :)

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  11. Lisa - me too! She deserves all kinds of success :)

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  12. Kimberly - you're welcome! It's a wonderful book! :)

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  13. I love middle grade books! I'll definitely have to read this one. Thanks for the recommendation, Jemi, and congrats to Terry!

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  14. Julie - thanks! I know you're going to enjoy it - it sucked me in and I had a hard time putting it down! :)

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  15. I'm so excited to read this book!!! Hooray for Terry!!

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  16. Jen - you'll love it! It's a fun read :)

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  17. A book with poo missiles has got to be good!!

    Thanks for the info and the review!! Take care
    x

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  18. Sounds like a wonderful book. Definitely have to check this one out, as well as the author. Thanks.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  19. Old Kitty - exactly! How can you go wrong with poo missiles??? :)

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  20. Mason - you'll love Terry's blog and book - she's wonderful!! :)

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  21. That sounds like a great book! I love the wild outdoors (in fiction) so this would be right up my alley.
    :)

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  22. This sounds like a fun book. Congrats, Terry!

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  23. Lydia - love the distinctive (in fiction)!! :) You will definitely love this book!

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  24. Katie - it really is fun! I read it pretty much in one go - couldn't put it down :)

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  25. The book sounds great. And wow for the reviews!

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  26. Lynda - I know - those reviews are amazing! :)

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  27. ...couldn't think of a better way to start the new year than by releasing a novel:) Congrats to Terry!

    EL

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  28. Elliot - so true! It's certainly a great way to celebrate 2011! :)

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  29. Aw, Jemi that is so sweet of you to share your friend's talent with us. You are such a supportive and encouraging blogger! Her book sounds great :) Those reviews are awesome!

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  30. Saumya - thank you so much! It's easy to share when the book is so terrific!! :)

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  31. Sounds like an awesome book. You are a good friend to share your enthusiasm about the book.
    Donna V.
    http://donnasbookpub.blogspot.com

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  32. This book is excellent. One of my grandsons loved it, and boys don't often like reading about girls. However the story and characters are interesting enough that he didn't care, just love reading it.

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  33. Donna - thanks - you're so sweet! It really is an awesome book - I think everyone would enjoy it :)

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  34. Vivian - I totally agree! You're so right - boys generally prefer to read about boys. There are a few exceptions and this is one! :)

    Thanks so much for dropping by!

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  35. These success stories are always so great to hear!

    Lee

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  36. Lee - I completely agree. We know how hard it is to get to that point. And then to get reviews like that?? Awesome :)

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  37. This is exactly the kind of book I loved to read at that age. I'm so glad there are books with heroic girls as the lead character.

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  38. Susan - I totally agree. It's great to have a fun, solid adventure story where the lead is a girl who's smart, capable and totally realistic!

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  39. I, too, an really excited to read this book! I've been following Terry and am glad it's now out. It's on my books to buy list for next month; I'm broke this month! Got to read the ones I've already bought!! But this one sounds so good, I can hardly wait.

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  40. Ooh, exciting.. it sounds so good! Thank you so much for sharing... and Happy New Year to you! :)

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  41. Ann - Terry is such a sweetie! I'm so glad her book is out and that it is terrific! You're going to love it. And I hear you on being broke - I could spend my whole paycheck on books! :)

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  42. Writing Nut - it does and it is!! Hope you're feeling better and that your 2011 will be terrific!! :)

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  43. Sounds Glorious! Thanks for the great review and congratulations to Terry, an inspiration to us all!

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  44. VR - it is!!! Terry is terrific - it's so nice to see her book officially released! :)

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  45. Dogsled Dreams sounds great! Congrats to Terry for all the fabulous reviews.

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  46. Kelly - Thanks - she really has done a great job - it's so nice that the review reflect that! :)

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  47. Congrats to Terry. I'm reading Dogsled Dreams right now and enjoying it.

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  48. Medeia - great to hear! I'm not surprised that you're enjoying it! :)

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  49. Congrats, Terry Lynn! I look forward to taking a peek at it! :)

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  50. Susan - you're going to enjoy it! :)

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  51. What a fab review. And happy new year, Jemi.
    Karen

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  52. Sounds like an excellent book and I'm now fighting a feeling of jealousy. I want to be able to read aloud to a class of kids again... but I don't want to go back to all the marking and report writing etc as well.

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  53. Karen - it's a terrific book! Hope your 2011 is fantastic!!

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  54. Rosalind - It is a great book! And I LOVE reading aloud to kids - it's always one of my favourite parts of the day! :) Much better than report cards and marking for sure!!!

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  55. I love the way you focus on reading to your class, and it's pretty awesome of you to do this blurb for your buddy. It sounds like a White Fang. I've always wanted to see a dogsled race. They have a yearly one up in Marquette where my sister lives and we're hoping to make it this year. Happy New Year!

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  56. I have heard so much good about this book. Can't wait to read it!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  57. Yvonne - thank you! It does have that same northern flavour as White Fang. I think you'd like this book - it's very well done! :)

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  58. Angela - it's nice to see the buzz - the book is terrific! :)

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  59. My copy is on the way! Congrats to TerryLynn!

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  60. Elana - yay! You're going to love it! Such a fun read :)

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  61. Perfect, I've been looking (believe it or not) for a MG adventure to read. Sold, I'm going to try it!

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  62. Amie - awesome!!! You're going to love it - it's such a fun read :)

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  63. Happy Book Birthday, Terry Lynn!!

    Happy new year, Jemi! :)
    Love,
    Lola

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  64. Congratulations to Terry Lynn! The book sounds great! =)

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  65. Olivia - awesome! You'll enjoy it! :)

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  66. Thanks Lola! It should be a great year :)

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  67. Shannon - It really, really is!! :)

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  68. Yay! As long as no dogs' hearts explode in the last few lines like in Stone Fox... then I will happily read it! :)

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  69. Lindsay - I know! I cried forever when I read Stone Fox!! I can promise no exploding hearts! :)

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  70. This book sounds awesome! And poo missiles for MG...perfect!

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  71. Looks like a great read! I've been writing a book set in Alaska, so dog sleds draw my attention. I'll have to check this one out.

    Happy New Year, Jemi!

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  72. Great review!! I actually have an adult male friend who has always had the same 'dream'!! He actually went to Alaska for the famous 'big' race last year and wants to 'do it' even more after that. I think he will someday! :-)

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  73. Julie - exactly! It's a great read for MG :)

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  74. Kathi - it really is a terrific read - I bet you'll enjoy it :)

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  75. Velvet - good for him! It's such an exciting sport, I totally understand why he'd love to do the Iditarod! :)

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  76. Jemi,
    That picture you have sells the book. What a beautiful pair. You also had me laughing w/ that "flying poo missiles" line. I never thought of that part of the scenario!

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  77. Sounds like a book I must read! Thanks for this review!

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  78. Notes from Nadir - I agree - it is a gorgeous photo! Love the flying poo missiles - talk about enticing for a MG reader :)

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  79. Shelley - it is a terrific book! I bet you'll really enjoy it :)

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  80. Congrats, Terry! Thanks for sharing this, Jemi. It's so great to see where others are--especially when it's published!

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  81. Thanks Janna! It is really exciting when someone we know gets published! :)

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  82. I like Terry. I hope he sells plenty of books. My daughter is a big fan of dogs, so I'm buying this one for her.

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  83. Congratulations to Terry! That's fantastic. I'll have to check it out :)

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  84. Theresa - me too! I know your daughter will enjoy the book - it's awesome! :)

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  85. Rosie - It is wonderful - just like the book! :)

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  86. Hooray for Terry and Dogsled Dreams - I'm so excited for her!

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  87. Susan - hooray indeed!! I'm so happy as well! :)

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  88. I'm buying a copy to be sure! I'm so excited for Terry.

    Happy New Year, Jemi!

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  89. Sharon - yay! I think everyone is going to love this book! Happy new year to you as well Sharon - hope it brings you all the best! :)

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  90. I think today's YA and teen writers are some of the best writers in the country. I love perusing the teen section at my library to see what's new.

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  91. Pat - I think you're absolutely correct! We have so many talented writers - and Terry is definitely one of them! :)

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  92. I just ordered the book for my daughter but I can't wait to read it myself!

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  93. Theresa - I bet you'll both enjoy it! I loved it! :)

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