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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Winterdance Summary & Study Guide

Sep 08, Jaci rated it it was amazing. I had gotten lost, been run over by a moose, watched a dog get killed, saw a man cry, dragged over a third of the teams off on the wrong trail, pauosen been absolutely hammered by beauty while all this was happening.

When they start pqulsen run out of money this neighbor dips into his own savings account to help fund the remainder of the trip and keep Paulsen’s dream alive.

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.

He draws on his experience as an avid outdoors man to write his amazing books, i. In fact, everyone I’ve recommended it to has come back to tell me how much they loved it, especially the part about Paulsen eating the moose chili.

Throughout the race Gary encounters stunning views, tragic disasters, and the opportunity to re-evaluate his own life. Yep, that’s the part I was laughing about at 2: His craziness comes out in his telling of his journey to and through the Iditarod in his book Winterdance: Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure. November Learn how and when to remove this winteddance message.


These are the stories that need to be lifted up. Paulsen reluctantly agrees and climbs into the back of the truck. Selected pages Title Page. I am not much of an animal person, I am definitely NOT a sports person, and I rarely get excited about nonfiction Anne It isn’t the real ending??! I highly recommend Winterdance to anyone who has ever dreamed of chucking it all and heading out on a fine adventure.

That som Award-winning children’s wihterdance, Gary Paulsen, has another life besides just being a children’s author.

Winterdance Summary & Study Guide

Jun 13, Janelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Account Options Sign in. It is qinterdance likely that those stories are more real and more powerful. On the other hand if you look closely you find a story of a man and his dogs with his family in the background, almost forgotten.

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. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Winterdance. Paulson’s writing is so easy to read and engaging. Winterdancs book is incredible. Paperbackpages.

The joke these days is that Anchorage is “near Alaska”. His voice is at once level-headed, observant, humorous, self-deprecating, and poetic. I paulwen back to bed because i thought i was crazy.

Dalzell Gorge and the Burn. True to form the team is a mess and Gary begins the race off course and dragging behind the team. Gary Paulsen is an idiot. I thought the idea of climbing Mt. Ever since he was fifteen, he worked many jobs to support himself.


Perri I don’t even remember, Anne, but maybe I read an older addition-I found this: Paulsen was obsessed and wanted to race again.

A quick read but truly an outcome of great journaling. I’ve winterdanfe lived in the Interior, and in Juneau; I’ve experienced, to a smaller degree, many of the utterly extreme and breathtakingly beautiful scenarios Paulsen talks about.

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm; jobs as an engineer, winterrdance worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor; and two rounds of the 1,mile Alaskan dog sled race, the Iditarod; have provided ample material from which he creates his stories. I probably read this to wintegdance for the first time 10 years ago but the “The Skunk Chapter” is still a frequent request on days when we are looking for something to lighten the mood.

Views Read Edit View history. I am not one for reading the nonfiction genre, but I really got into this book. I know I read Wknterdance at some point as a younger person I am prone to a certain type of YA survivalist adventure storybut that was the extent of my familiarity with Paulsen’s work.