John Reynolds Gardiner
Recommended Audience: grades 4-7
Summary: When Willy’s grandfather gets sick, Willy decides to try to save the farm (taxes owed) by entering a dog sled race. He tends the farm, takes care of his sick grandfather, and trains his dog.
Reaction: Willy shows that kids can make a difference and that hard work and determination pay off. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say that it reminded me that there IS good in the world and that it doesn’t matter your background/race – everyone can be kind. Heart-warming and tear-jerking.