Dog Driven

Ages: 10 and upPublisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Author: Terry Lynn Johnson


Fourteen-year-old McKenna is a seasoned dog racer.  When McKenna’s younger sister, Emma, who has Stargardt, a genetic, degenerative eye disease, hears about a new dogsled race, “The Great Superior Mail Run” she encourages McKenna to enter.  In the past, dog teams in Canada delivered mail to remote areas just as the “Pony Express” had in the United States. Racers in this commemorative mail run would carry actual letters along this old mail route. Emma has the idea that McKenna can carry a letter inspiring the Foundation for Fighting Blindness to do more research on Stargardt disease. Neither Emma nor her parents know that McKenna is suffering early symptoms of the same disease. Told in the first-person, McKenna’s enters the race without telling anyone of her handicap. Her pride endangers both herself and her beloved dogs. In addition to the excitement of a long-distance race, McKenna must overcome myriad obstacles produced by her stubborn unwillingness to tell people of her handicap. This is a first-rate adventure, replete with family love, friendship, and difficulties caused by McKenna’s external and internal circumstances. The feisty, foolish, brave heroine is a wonderful character.


Kemie Nix ©2019 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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