An engaging realistic adventure story, Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson (Lexile: 690; Interest Level: Grades 5-7) follows the four day adventure of Victoria, who set out to travel with her dog team from her house to the house of another musher, planning to just be gone for the day. When she finds a boy lying hurt after crashing his snowmobile, she knows she has to do what she can to help him. What she doesn't count on in the boy not knowing his way home, the blizzard that comes up, and having to be the person in charge of what seems like a disaster.
This story contains great details about dogsledding and a well-created plot that could really happen. It was hard to put this book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next! Students interested in dog stories, dog sled racing, mushing, Alaska, and just good adventure will enjoy this story. There are a couple of parts that make this book definitely feel like it is for older students, but I believe that overall this book is a good one for middle-grade readers. (288 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.