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Publisher's Summary

John Reynolds Gardiner's classic action-packed adventure story about a thrilling dogsled race has captivated readers and listeners for more than 30 years.

This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween listeners in grades five to six, especially during homeschooling. It's a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

Based on a Rocky Mountain legend, Stone Fox tells the story of Little Willy, who lives with his grandfather in Wyoming. When Grandfather falls ill, he is no longer able to work the farm, which is in danger of foreclosure. Little Willy is determined to win the National Dogsled Race - the prize money would save the farm and his grandfather. But he isn't the only one who desperately wants to win. Willy and his brave dog Searchlight must face off against experienced racers, including a Native American man named Stone Fox, who has never lost a race. 

Exciting and heartwarming, this novel has sold millions of copies and was named a New York Times Outstanding Children's Book. 

©1980, 1984 John Reynolds Gardiner (P)2003, 2006 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Gardiner's description of the race and sudden climax (based on legend) is fast-paced and enveloping." (School Library Journal)
"To B.D. Wong's credit, he narrates each of Gardiner's stories in a unique manner. For Stone Fox, Wong narrates with quiet reverence, respecting the power of the story and the bond among boy and dog and grandfather without imposing himself into the relationships." (AudioFile)

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Story of Love and Dedication

Just FYI - this book has some adult topics. There is a depressed grandfather, taxes to be paid, and death. A young boy facing these difficulties on his own. It is a story of what one will do for another.

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AMAZING story

beautiful story! my son is doing a project on thos book so I decided to read it for myself and was blown away. So many life lessons portrayed here. A very inspirational story.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who craves a fast but great inspiring read.

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Stone Fox is the best book ever

Have always loved this book. I read it while in school and 15 years later I still catch myself wanting to read over and over. One of the best books I have ever come across!

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Great story

We loved this book. A favorite in our family. A heartwarming tale for all ages.

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The ending is sosad

I love this book! It's kinda sad though. It breaks my heart every time I hear it.

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Great book for kids

Our son loved the story and was excited to find out what unfolded in each chapter.

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Brilliantly Written

I love the simple but brilliantly written story. It takes me back to being a child. Every time I read or listen to this story I see my dad smiling at me. A truly remarkable man who I miss every day. I love you Dad.
-Alicia R. Gardiner

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Excellent!

Wonderful story and wanted to hear it over again! I feel that it was a superior performance.

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Amazing!

Loved it all the way to the end, its something that really got me excited for the main character and the plot

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can't select chapter

made it hard for running my groups. I use audible for my special education class