Title: Sled Dog of Alaska
Author: Jack Landru [Hortense Parker Landru]
Description: Inscribed by author on ffep. Third printing, March 1955. Blue cloth boards with white lettering on spine and a gilt medallion on the front cover which states ''Winner of the Boys' Life - Dodd, Mead Prize Competition''. Spine lightly toned; a couple spots of minor soiling. Small bookseller stamp on ffep, else interior is clean and unmarked. Dust jacket has some chipping at spine ends and corners; rubbing; price clipped; in a clear archival sleeve. 184 pages. 7.9 x 5.3 inches.
A boy's adventure novel about sled dog racing in Alaska. The story follows a high school boy from Fairbanks who rescues a mongrel. The narrative follows him gathering dogs for a racing team, through their training, with various adventures and thrills including a brush with death, and making it to the North American Championship Dog Derby.
The author, an Alaskan and a woman, Hortense Parker Landru (1911-1960) was knick-named Jack/Jackie by her friends because she so loved her lead dog, Jack Frost. Her passion for the sport and experience as a high-level competitor in women's sled dog racing as a teenager, inspired her to create a story both convincing and compelling.
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: Very Good–
Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company
Place: New York
Keywords: juvenile, YA, fiction, novel, sled dog race, sled dog racing,
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