Stars of the North

The Iditarod-to most people, it’s an exciting and exotic dogsled race through the toughest terrain in Alaska, but for Bill O’Malley, it’s a mission of redemption.

But the question remains: can he navigate not only the wilderness, but also his own relationship to the race and the people he encounters along the way?

Meanwhile, his daughter Puck, son Joseph, and their friend Mary face challenges of their own with Dad away. A mysterious house with a dark past beckons them into rule-breaking and scary encounters with new and old enemies.

Stars of the North is a thrilling tale of life in the snowiest parts of the Yukon and Alaska, where survival means depending on your family, your friends, and most of all, your instincts.

“One of the most entertaining middle-grade books I have read in a long time. My love for dogs first drew me to the story, but the suspense of the Iditarod and Puck’s mystery inside the abandoned house kept me eagerly turning the pages. I highly recommend this book to middle-grade readers. What a fun story!” —Stacy A. Padula, award-winning Y.A. and children’s book author

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About the Author

Lucy Kovaliv studied art in Toronto, Ontario. She worked as a freelance artist in the advertising industry in Toronto for thirty years and taught both adult and children’s art classes. Lucy loves animals and enjoys painting and drawing pictures of them. On a vacation trip to Alaska, she visited the Iditarod Museum and learned the story of Susan Butcher, a four-time winner of the Iditarod race. Her admiration for the dogs that pull the sleds and the mushers’ courage and endurance were the inspiration for this book. Since Lucy retired, she has enjoyed painting, reading, and traveling. She currently lives in Mississauga, Ontario with her little dog Cookie.



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