They were a team the young Eskimo girl and the white dog, part husky but mostly wolf a team, yes, but in some ways Black Star was the leader. Bright Dawn never expected to compete in the Iditarod, the dogsled race that covers more than a thousand miles between Anchorage and Nome. But now she's here, watching the trail skim by and her dogs running with their ears laid back, and she can t imagine being anywhere else. But the perils are numerous: the blinding whiteouts, the moose who bars her path, and the ice always the ice. From time to time Bright Dawn shares a camp with the veteran Oteg, who tells her how to run the race. But slowly Bright Dawn realizes she must run her race, not Oteg's and that means relying on her lead dog, Black Star, not just for the race but for her life. A fine novel, exciting. Horn Book, starred review Superb exciting to read and infused with dignity. Publishers Weekly.