Black Star, Bright Dawn
List of Characters and a Description of Each: Bright Dawn (a girl who runs the Iditarod), Bright Dawn's father (who is injured and cannot run the race), and Black Star (the lead dog of the sled team).
Plot: Black Star, Bright Dawn is about a young girl named Bright Dawn who runs the Iditarod in place of her father who got an injury while practicing. One day, when she and her father are hunting, her father gets trapped on a floating iceberg! Floating for weeks on the ice, Bright Dawn’s father finds that he has come to fear the ocean. Never wanting to return to it again after he is saved, they move to a village not at all close to the sea. While practicing for the Iditarod which her father was to run, they fall into a snow bank and Bright Dawn’s father cracks his shoulder blade! That is when Bright Dawn must run the Iditarod in place of her father. Bright Dawn gets a team of dogs, but uses her dog, Black Star for the lead dog. After getting all the supplies she needs, she goes out to the starting line. A man standing near her introduces himself. He is Oteg, and a great helper to Bright Dawn. Determined to win the race, Bright Dawn is high spirited until she finds the many hardships of running the race. When she gets ahead of the lead girl, she is sure she will win the race, that is until she gets caught on a floating iceberg. When she goes back to the last checkpoint, she finds a banquet waiting for her. When she receives some awards, her family and her father’s bosses all cheer for her, and she feels like a winner after all.
Did you enjoy this book? I loved this book! I really felt like I was racing along with Bright Dawn in the Iditarod. Scott O’Dell’s books always make me feel like I am there. My favorite part of the book was when Bright Dawn was trapped on the floating iceberg and drifted all the way back to her village! I loved the way the book captured me. I never wanted to put it down.