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Black Star Bright Dawn
Black Start, Bright Dawn


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Black Star, Bright Dawn


The original work, Black Star, Bright Dawn, was published in 1988 by Houghton Mifflin. (See top cover artwork.)  To purchase a hardcover edition of the 1988 book, click here. Para comprar Estrella Negra, Brillante Amanecer (en Espanol), mara aqui.

The paperback edition was also published by Houghton Mifflin. (See bottom cover artwork.) To purchase the paperback edition, click here.



Her name was Bright Dawn, a teenage Eskimo girl. He was Black Star, part husky but mostly wolf, with ice-blue eyes. Together, they were a team--about to begin the famous Iditarod dogsled race through the cold wilds of Alaska. Bright Dawn couldn't believe it when her father asked her to take his place in the race. She didn't think she could do it; the trail was one thousand miles long, with unforeseen hazards along the entire route. Bright Dawn knew that Black Star would lead her to the finish line. But neither she nor her dog expected a cold, blinding white-out, a belligerent bull moose, ice that could crack and splinter at any time, and all the other dangers they encountered. Soon Bright Dawn was depending on Black Star not only for the race, but for her life as well.


From the Reviews

""A fine novel, exciting, with a sensitive portrayal of Eskimo culture."

Horn Book

"A splendid, vividly written adventure."

Kirkus Reviews

"...the excitement and drama of the Iditarod fairly burst from the pages of Black Star, Bright Dawn. The 1,100-mile sled dog race hardly seems like ideal young-adult-novel fodder, but O'Dell has turned it into a gripping story that actually shouldn't be limited just to pre-teen readers."

                         Anchorage Daily News


Black Star, Bright Dawn's Awards

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Nominee, 1989/90

Washington Irving Children's Choice Book Award Nominee, 1989

Woodward Park Book Award, 1989

William Allen White Award Nominee, 1990/91


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