Stone Fox Author:John Reynolds Gardiner Ten-year-old Willy is brokenhearted to discover that his grandfather's farm is in foreclosure due to unpaid taxes. Overwhelmed by the situation, Willy's grandfather develops a psychosomatic illness, takes to his bed, and refuses to speak. With the burden resting squarely on his young shoulders, Willy sets forth to save the farm. But how can a yo... more »ung boy raise the $500 needed to pay the taxes? Then Willy sees a poster advertising the National Dogsled Race--first prize $500. But running in the race means beating Stone Fox, the Native American champion sled-racer who, with the help of his team of five snow-white Samoyed dogs, has never lost a race. As Willy and his loyal dog, Searchlight, prepare for the race, Willy learns that Stone Fox also has a very good reason for wanting to win the prize money. Will either of these worthy competitors win first prize? Based on a Rocky Mountain legend, this story is illustrated with occasional B&W drawings.
Ten year old Willy lives in Jackson, Wyoming on a potato farm with his grandfather and his dog Searchlight. When his grandfather falls ill and the tax collector comes calling for back taxes, Willy is determined to find the money to save the farm. But where can a 10 year old boy earn $500? He sees an advertisement for the National Dogsled Race, held each year in Jackson and decides to enter. He is convinced that he and Searchlight can beat the other racers, among them, an American Indian, Stone Fox. Stone Fox has a team of five Samoyeds and has never lost a race. He races to earn prize money so that he can buy back land taken from his people. John Reynolds Gardiner has written a beautiful story of faith and courage with strong, exciting scenes that move the story along at a fast pace. With its powerful, emotional ending, youngsters begin to understand that not every story has a happy ending and you have to learn to accept the good with the bad. Stone Fox is a story of two heroes, trying to win the race for good causes and in the end, they were both winners. A must read for children age 9-12 and the perfect read-aloud family book.« less