Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod is American author Gary Paulsen’s account of participating in the iconic race. Paulsen, best known. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. Gary Paulsen, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $26 (p) ISBN Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. Gary Paulsen, Author Harvest Books $15 (p) ISBN

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Though the dangers of the Iditarod were legion, more frightening still was the knowledge that he could not stop racing dogs of his own free will. Sep 08, Jaci rated it it was amazing.

Mar 17, Ambrosia rated bary it was amazing Shelves: Still lacking experience, Paulsen hitches his team up and goes on several more runs, resulting in numerous wrecks, some of which result in Paulsen losing his team and walking home by himself.

It’s the kind of book that makes you laugh out loud in public. That way is friggin funny. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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They endured blinding wind, snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, hallucinations – and the relentless push to go on. Sep 08, Mmars rated it paulsn was amazing. Paulsen was raised by his grandmother and aunts.


His tight narrative and laugh-out-loud stories about one of the most famous dog races in America is truly a gift. In this book Paulsen refers to his wife often but not in depth. This book i perfect for kids 6th and up because it has a lot of swearing. And this was the third time I’ve read this book! It is also funny, gripping and terrifying. The descriptions of nature surrounding the dog sledding, and Paulsen’s relationships with his dogs, in particular, were very beautiful.

I had a big Gary Paulsen phase.


Inhis first book was published under the title The Special War. Perri I don’t even remember, Anne, but maybe I read an older addition-I found this: Please tell me he kept pwulsen dogs! There’ll be more later to talk about I suggest keeping a chapter ahead so that you know what’s coming.

I kept telling myself that he MUST had survived as he wrote the book. Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age.

He has to acquire the appropriate dogs to pull his sled, he has to paulsrn himself for the hundreds of hours of running, he has to prepare himself for the lack of sleep and a lack of food.


She is the wise watcher, the person who observes Paulson as he struggles to prepare in what seems to be a detached manner. The funniest book I have ever read. Then i woke up again and noticed only 8 dogs. qinterdance

I opened my mouth. Why would reading this be such an emotional experience for someone whose passions are more along the lines of mixing drinks and analyzing stories?

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

That som Award-winning children’s author, Gary Paulsen, has another life besides just being a children’s author. Yet I argue that this is far from the truth.

Born in Minnesota inhe was raised by his grandmother and aunts. I don’t recommend reading this anywhere you will get sidelong glances for chuckling to yourself. Fueled by an all-consuming passion for running dogs, Paulsen entered the grueling 1,mile race across Alaska in dangerous ignorance and with fierce determination.