Win signed Dogsled Dreams bookmarks! Details at the end of this post.

Rebecca whipped past snow-covered spruce, their dark trunks only a few feet from her on either side. The sled hit a ridge on the trail and flew, airborne for a giddy moment before it crunched back down.

Who needs roller coasters when you’ve got sled dogs, thought Rebecca. She grinned and felt her face crinkle in the cold air.

She wore her anorak, deerskin mitts, and ski goggles. The goggles fogged up, so she held her breath. She didn’t want to miss anything.

“You warm enough, Becca?” her dad asked. He stood behind the sled on the runners as he mushed the team.

“Yeah, Dad. You just pay attention to what you’re doing.” Rebecca eyed the nearby trees.

They approached a tight bend in the trail and she glanced behind at the rooster tail of snow that fanned out.

Excerpt © 2011 Terry Lynn Johnson

About the book:

Twelve-year-old Rebecca dreams of becoming a famous sled dog racer. She’s an inventive but self-doubting musher who tackles blinding blizzards, wild animal attacks, puppy training, and flying poo missiles. All of her challenges though, seem easier than living up to the dogs’ trust in her abilities.

What people are saying:

“Any teacher using Gary Paulsen’s WOODSONG would want Terry Johnson’s DOGSLED DREAMS. Terry’s realistic writing style and word choice bring the reader through experiences that bring emotions to the surface…emotions of real life living with sled dogs.” — Diane Johnson, Iditarod’s Education Director

“Rebecca’s experiences are applicable to any young girl ready to emerge from the security of childhood to the freedom of adolescence. Dogsled Dreams is a captivating and exciting debut novel.” — Superior Outdoors Magazine

“Exhilarating…I was drawn into the world of Dogsled Dreams learning quite a bit about the nuances of the sport. It’s very easy to get lost in the pages. Four stars.” — Lisa Barker,

“Demonstrates the bond between mushers and their dogs, the devotion mushers feel for their dogs, and the lengths to which they will go to ensure their dog’s health and well-being.” –Pam Flowers, Alone Across the Arctic: One Woman’s Epic Journey by Dog Team

“A warm, coming-of-age story about hopes and dreams, but most of all, finding the true meaning of family and friends, whether they have two legs or four!” — Darcy Johns, Youth Services Librarian, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia

Released: January 3, 2011 by 4RV Publishing

About the author:

Terry Lynn Johnson’s passion for the outdoors evolved while she paddled in Quetico Provincial Park as a Canoe Ranger.  One winter she worked for a dogsledding company and eighteen huskies followed her home. Dogsled Dreams is Terry’s debut novel about those same dogs that entered her life and heart. Terry is an award winning member of the Outdoor Writers of Canada and enjoys hiking, canoe racing, and she thinks dog breath is pretty cool too. Visit her and learn more about Dogsled Dreams at


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