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Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
by Gary Paulsen

Published: 1995-02-17
Paperback : 272 pages
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Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on. Map and color photographs.
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Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on. Map and color photographs.

Editorial Review

Fueled by a passion for running dogs, Gary Paulsen entered the Iditarod--the 1150-mile winter sled-dog race between Anchorage and Nome-- in dangerous ignorance and with a fierce determination. Winterdance is his account of this seventeen-day battle against Nature's worst elements and his own frailty.


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by Wendy B. (see profile) 12/14/19

  "Laugh out loud and hilariously written!"by Shilah G. (see profile) 04/22/11

In 5 years of book club, this is by far still my favorite pick! The shenanigan's the author finds himself in and his artful way of relaying it to the reader is spectacularly captivating! I literally laughed... (read more)

  "Winterdance"by Lori G. (see profile) 01/23/11

Good book, informative, adventurous. Slows down in the middle but begining and end are great.

  "Winterdance"by Kelsey W. (see profile) 01/05/11

A funny an interesting read for any dog lover or anyone who has ever been interested in the Iditarod. Enjoyed it very much and it had me laughing out loud at parts and welling up with tears at others.

  ""What a thrilling ride""by Julie N. (see profile) 01/30/10

This is an action packed, gasping read! Gary Paulsen's writing took me right to Alaska and along for the ride of a lifetime. Have a whole different perspective of the Iditarod race. I don't know how... (read more)

  "Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod"by Amy S. (see profile) 06/10/09

I loved this book. I found my self talking about it to anyone who would listen. I am amazed and glad that Gary Paulsen lived to share his adventure with all of us. If you enjoy reading adventure travel... (read more)

  "Interesting"by ellen t. (see profile) 06/19/08

I liked reading this, but I wish it was a written a little better. I felt like I sort of only understood about half of what the author was talking about in regard to the art of dog-sledding. I would... (read more)

  "Easy read, Funny. Some parts are intense."by Cathy P. (see profile) 05/01/08

I enjoyed reading Winterdance. It is funny and amazing. Why anyone would want to run the Iditarod is insane. This was a fast, enjoyable read that is inspiring about following your dreams.

  "Story of getting ready to run the Iditarod in Alaska"by Kathy H. (see profile) 12/09/07

Nonfiction account of training for and running the Iditarod race across Alaska. I absolutely loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone.
After reading Into Thin Air about the
... (read more)

  "Great mix of serious hardship and humor!"by Erika G. (see profile) 10/26/07

I absolutely LOVED this book! One of the best I've read in awhile. The author was so good at tempering the difficulties of training for and running in the Iditarod with a strong sense of humor. I have... (read more)

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