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Publisher's Summary

A young Eskimo girl encounters frightening obstacles when she takes her father's place in the Iditarod, the annual 1,172-mile dogsled race in Alaska.
©2008 Scott O'Dell; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Most young girls' experiences never involve hunting bearded seals on the ice, even within the Alaskan Eskimo culture. In Scott O'Dell's gripping novel, Bright Dawn is an exception. In her father's eyes, she became his son's replacement ever since her brother drowned. When Bright Dawn is 18 years old, her father, recently injured, insists that she take his place in the Iditarod, the famous Alaskan dogsled race covering more than a thousand miles between Anchorage and Nome. Unflinching, yet trembling in her mukluks, she faces her challenge head-on....an intense, suspenseful, clearly written adventure story that's sure to capture the imagination of young readers and take them for a blustery ride." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great book!

This is great book to read. I and my 11-year old daughter enjoy listening this book. It took us to Alaska and showed us brave soul of Iditarod.

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  • Steve
  • TUSTIN, CA, United States
  • 02-14-12

Great story!

What made the experience of listening to Black Star, Bright Dawn the most enjoyable?

The Narrator made me feel like I was in the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Black Star was my favorite. He was the leader of the dogs and was very brave. He never gave up.

Have you listened to any of Jessica Almasy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.