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My 10yo son only started reading for pleasure this year, and in the six months he's been doing it, he's only read The Wimpy Kid series (about 5 times). I have been trying to gently nudge him onward, and THIS was his book. In just three days, he's almost done. I'm reading along with him, Perfectly entertaining and relatable for a 10yo boy who struggles in school and loves dogs. I'm frantically ordering all the rest.
This story is about an 11-year old named Matt who isn’t that great at school, but who is really good at dog sledding and how he uses that strength to overcome obstacles with his school work, his home life and friends. I loved everything about this book and, as a dog sport competitor, how the author perfectly captured the special relationship between a handler and a working dog. What made it endearing are the little nuggets of wisdom tucked in between all the action with the dog sledding lessons. I especially liked the way his mom reacted to his final math grade at the end. I don’t want to give a spoiler, so I’ll just say it wasn’t a typical reaction, which I appreciated. My little girl is too young to read this on her own, but she is obsessed with any story with dogs in it, so this will get added to the list for when she’s old enough to read on her own.