Black Star, Bright Dawn

Second place winner, Belmont Teen Read Week Book Review Contest 2002 Prize: $10 gift certificate for Newbury Comics

Author: Scott O'Dell
Reviewer's Age: Grade 7

When Scott O'Dell wrote his novel Black Star, Bright Dawn he wrote about a girl's rugged trip in the Iditarod. Scott O'Dell thoroughly explains the unexpected twists of the rough trail and still makes the reader love the dogs. The best part of this book was how detailed it was. It seemed like every other page described the snow on the trail. Whether it was a crisp and new or slushy and gross, O'Dell would explain it so that it felt like you were there on the sled racing the most prestigious sled dog race. The details were especially amazing when it came to surprising the reader. A moose was kept as a shadowy figure until you were told of it's red gleaming eyes. When you pick this book up to read you feel like you're on the trail with the team up until you cross the finish line.