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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This section contains words approx. It was, I would find later, essentially a normal Iditarod day – perhaps a bit calmer than most.

As he prepares himself for the 1,mile race, Paulsen constantly asks questions and seeks to winterdannce from the officials and the other, more experienced Mushers. It’s also a very, very funny book as he did the race before the internet and really had no clue how to train, how to pack, what to expect, etc. Jun 23, Kyrie rated it liked it Shelves: Read it in two sittings.

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

His passion for his dogs shines bright. May 28, Mike Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: This stands among the rare books that will get you looks for laughing out loud in the middle of the airport.

I thought the idea of climbing Mt. Throughout the race Gary encounters stunning views, tragic disasters, and the opportunity to re-evaluate his own life. I’m glad he at least kept his wits about him enough to remember what those around him said when they witnessed his lunacy.

Fast paced, entertaining, and full of odd moments about a man and his dogs preparing for gqry running the Iditarod. Now I must go find out for myself!! Ever since he was fifteen, he worked many jobs to support himself. Gary is given dogs by friends, people wanting to be rid of their animals, and older sled winterdane.


tary I had come just one hundred miles. The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. Yep, that’s the part I was laughing about at 2: Paulsen used his work as a magazine proofreader to learn the craft of writing.

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Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between a home in New Mexico and a boat in the Pacific. Want to Read saving…. It’s so early in the race. He thought buying a sled dog named Devil was a good idea? Having only ever run a small team of dogs Paulsen is severely lacking in experience. Some of Paulsen’s most well-known books are the Hatchet series, although he has published many other popular novels including Dogsong, Harris and Me, and The Winter Room, which won the Newbery Honor.

In this book Paulsen refers to his wife often but not in depth.

Winterdance Summary & Study Guide

Get Winterdance from Amazon. November Learn how and when to remove this template message. Of course in a rational moment you know he doesn’t die — he’s gone on to write dozens of books since he published Winterdance.

Some of Paulsen’s most paulse books are the “Hatchet” series, although he has published many other popular novels including DogsongHarris and Meand The Winter Roomwhich won the Newbery Honor. It’s no surprise to me that this book won an Alex Award years ago.


View all 4 comments. That som Award-winning children’s author, Gary Paulsen, has another life besides just being a children’s author. Pick up this book and laugh out loud! I loved learning more about working and living with these amazing dogs.

When his wife, Ruth, comes outside she finds him sitting quietly with the dogs, and Paulsen confesses to Ruth that when he is out with the dogs that he doesn’t want to come back. Refresh and try again. Paulsen arrives in Anchorage two months before the race, and quickly realizes just how little he still knows about running the Iditarod.

Yet he begins his paulsn as his wife questions his sanity. I don’t recommend reading this anywhere you will get sidelong glances for chuckling to yourself. They endured blinding wind, snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, hallucinations – and the relentless push to go on. Is this appropriate for a read aloud. The Iditarod race is so winterdancr demanding that I had to keep closing my mouth as I read – I kept realizing that my jaw had dropped open.

Dalzell Gorge and the Burn. I had a big Gary Paulsen phase. Why would reading this be such an emotional experience for someone whose passions are more along the lines of mixing drinks and analyzing stories?