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Reeve, Philip.
New York : Random House, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 5.4

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Abandoned after his ship is crushed by a flash-frozen sea, Shen finds himself alone on the ice with only 66 sweater-clad pugs. Determined to get himself AND all the dogs to safety, Shen finds shelter in a small seaside village, where a girl named Sika explains everything. True Winter, she tells him, comes only once in a lifetime, and signals the start of The Great Northern Race, where competitors try to reach the Snowfather, who will grant the winner one wish. Sika has her grandfather’s sled but no dogs, so the two join forces, harness all 66 pugs, and set off. They face a monstrous Kraken, a Yeti noodle bar that is not what it seems, and a range of competitors with different strategies for winning the race… including cheating. Can our two heroes survive? What wish do they want granted? And can pugs really win an epic race across the frozen north? Find out, in Pugs of the Frozen North!
  (Booktalk by Great Stone Face Award Committee, 2017)

Booktalk #2

The ship “Lucky Star” becomes trapped in the frozen ocean on the first day of True Winter. Ordered to save the cargo consisting of sixty-six pug dogs, Shen and the pugs travel over the frozen environment on their own. He meets Sika, who tells him of the magical “once-in-a-lifetime” winter and of a race to the North Pole where the Snowfather lives. Snowfather will grant a wish to the winner, and Sika would like to win in order to wish. Shen volunteers himself and the (66) pug dogs so Sika may enter the race and possibly win the race. (Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books 2017-2018)

Booktalk #3

True winter comes once in a lifetime. Shea and Sika, along with 65 pugs, join zany and fierce competitors in a race to the Snowfather's  palace at the top of the world for the prize of their heart's desire. (Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award nominee, 2018)

SUBJECTS:   BAction and adventure fiction.
                        Arctic regions -- Fiction.
                        Dogs -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Pug -- Fiction.
                        Sled dog racing -- Fiction.

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