Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ice Dogs

My very good blog buddy Terry Lynn Johnson is revealing the cover to her new book Ice Dogs today. Terry's first book, Dogsled Dreams, is a favourite of mine and my students. There are 3 grades of kids waiting eagerly for this next book to come out - and they're not waiting patiently!

Ice Dogs will be released 1 year from today, but today we're getting to see the cover!!! It's SO pretty!!

 
Isn't it awesome?!?! I love the dog's eyes and the echo with the blue below - just perfect!
 
Here's the blurb:
 
Sometimes I wish I could trade places with the dogs. They only have to worry about running and eating. They love fiercely and don’t worry about things they can’t control. And when someone dies, they can sit on top of their house, throw their head back and howl.
Lost.
That’s how 14-year-old dogsledder Victoria Secord has felt ever since her father died. A champion musher, Victoria is independent, self-reliant, and thanks to her father, an expert in surviving the unforgiving Alaskan bush. When an injured “city boy” and a freak snow storm both catch Victoria and her dog team by surprise, however, a routine trip becomes a life or death trek through the frozen wilderness. As temperatures drop and food stores run out, Victoria must find a way to save them all in this high stakes, high adventure middle grade novel of endurance, hope and finding your way back home.
 
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I've been lucky enough to read an early version of the story and it is absolutely incredible! Can't wait to have the final copy in my hands!

What do you think of the cover and the blurb? Doesn't it make you want to learn to dogsled?

37 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a truly beautiful cover! I LOVE it.

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  2. I really love the cover! Very inviting.

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  3. It is a beautiful cover, and I just love the ideas of kids getting excited over a book.

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  4. Love the cover! So excited for Terry. I'm spotlighting the cover today too.

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  5. Caught yesterday on her site and will feature it tomorrow on mine - it's a beautiful cover! She hit cover art jackpot with this one.

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  6. Lynda - I know! Me too :)

    Melissa - me too - it's just gorgeous! :)

    MP - my students can't wait for this one!!

    Natalie - yay!

    Alex - she really did - I'm thrilled for her!

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  7. That truly is a great cover. The dog has such soul.

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  8. That story does sound amazing! Beautiful cover!
    And I would like to trade lives with my dogs just for a day. They sleep, eat and snuggle and play!

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  9. oooh, Terry's cover is so very lovely, I must pop over to congratulate her!

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  10. Oh! That cover is lovely! And now I want to read it, and I don't even like dog stories, but I do enjoy learning about the dog sleds. I'm going to have to find these books.

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  11. Oh, I love the sound of this...love the blurb! How many times have I wished I could throw my head back and howl.

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  12. Stunning cover and the story of ICE DOG sound so good!

    Congrats to Terri!

    Hi Jemi!

    Nas

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  13. Laura - he really does! Such great eyes!! :)

    Kelly - yup - the expression 'a dog's life' exists for a good reason, doesn't it :)

    Dezzy - yay! I'm thrilled for her! :)

    Jack - they're both awesome! I highly recommend them!

    Yvonne - exactly! I've felt the same way. :)

    Nas - hi! I'm so happy for Terry!

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  14. I think the cover is spectacular and the book itself sounds like something I would thoroughly enjoy!

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  15. It's gorgeous. I'm so excited for Terry. I also read an early version, so I know how awesome it is.

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  16. thank you so much, Jemi for this glowing post, and for helping me reveal the cover! And thank you everyone for your enthusiasm! New covers are so much fun!

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  17. Wendy - it is SO good! :)

    Medeia - me too! We are 2 of the lucky ones!!! :)

    Terry - you're so very welcome! :)

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  18. I saw it yesterday and it is GORGEOUS!!

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  19. I haven't visited Terry's blog in a while Glad to see she is busy with writing about her passion! Great cover art and best wishes for her upcoming release.

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  20. Stephen - she's definitely busy! :) And I can't wait for this one to be released! :)

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  21. Love that cover, and yes, the dog's eyes are gorgeous! I have to say, though, freak snow storms and dropping temperatures and frozen wilderness make me want to stay as far away from dogsledding as possible - I'll take a nice lounge chair on the beach in Florida, thank you very much. :)

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  22. Yes! The cover and blurb has sold it for me!

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  23. What a fabulous cover! The book sounds so interesting. I can see why all of those kids are waiting for it! I will have to read the first one. Thanks for sharing.
    ~Jess

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  24. Susan - that's kinda true - maybe we'll just take reading about it! :)

    Jennifer - me too!! :)

    Jess - you'll love them both - they're fabulous stories!

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  25. I've sometimes watched dogs and thought that same thought about wanting to trade places. I think the old saying "It's a dog's life" is intended to have negative connotations, but it doesn't look all that bad to me.

    Lee
    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  26. Lee - I've always thought a dog's life wouldn't be bad at all! All that happiness, love, sleep and food - fun! :)

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  27. Aww, who can resist that adorable doggie face?

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  28. Michelle - I know! He's awesome! :)

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  29. I don't want to wait a year! Super cover.

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  30. Leslie - me neither!!!

    Tammy - it's awesome, isn't it? :)

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  31. I love this story! Can't wait for it to be out!!

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  32. Beautiful cover and great blurb! I have huskies and I loved Terry's last book. This one looks even better! Thanks, Jemi! Thanks, Terry!

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  33. Susan - I know!!! Me too :)

    Jackee - I love Terry's work - can't wait for this one to hit the shelves!! :)

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  34. Congratulations to Terry! It's a beautiful cover.

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  35. Sharon - I know!!! I'm thrilled for Terry! :)

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