Stubborn Gal

The True Story of an Undefeated Sled Dog Racer

Dan O'Neill

Stubborn Gal
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Dan O'Neill

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

With Illustrations by Klara Maisch
48 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 8 x 10 | © 2015
Cloth $15.95 ISBN: 9781602232723 Published November 2015
E-book $7.00 to $15.95 ISBN: 9781602233058 Published November 2015
Stubborn Gal is the true story of a 60-mile sled dog race and a young woman determined—if not precisely qualified—to run it. Sarah has never competed in a race before and never run a big team of dogs. But when a race official strongly discourages her from entering, she boldly signs up. To answer the naysayers, she must learn how to control a dog team twice as powerful as any she has ever run. And she has three days to do it. Two practice runs end disastrously. On the third day, Sarah enters the race, and the results surprise everyone.
Stubborn Gal: the True Story of an Undefeated Sled Dog Racer
Review Quotes
Libby Riddles, first woman to win the Iditarod
"Sometimes you just have to take a chance. Stubborn Gal is based on a true story of an Alaska gal who mulishly persisted through many hard-learned rookie mistakes. A window into the Alaska lifestyle, a real adventure!"
Nancy Lord, former Alaska Writer Laureate
"Dan O’Neill’s Stubborn Gal is a terrific, true story that will surely delight both children and the adults who read it with them. The lively text delivers life lessons about independence, persistence, and grace with a light hand and good humor, and the illustrations by Klara Maisch are both beautiful and true to Alaska. Highly recommended."
Seth Kantner, author of Ordinary Wolves
"Stubborn Gal is a charming rugged tough Alaskan girl story, complete with determination, inspiration and spirited artwork."
Kitsap Sun
"Maisch’s lovely landscapes certainly convey what it must be like in the heart of Alaska during a cold winter, and the story’s message about gumption and tenacity make this a book worth recommending."
Bellingham Herald
“A lack of tough literary heroines for the youngest readers prompted . . . Stubborn Gal, the true story of a young woman who competed in her first Alaskan sled dog race—a grueling 60-mile run—and won.”
Joe Runyan, first musher to win both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod
"The dogs must be in top condition . . . and the musher has to be TOUGH minded and COOL under pressure to just FINISH.  But to WIN, well, that’s the great story of 'Stubborn Gal.'”
"A beautifully crafted true story. . . . Loaded with gorgeous illustrations, important basics of mushing, and a refreshing honesty about the trials and tribulations of running sled dogs. . . . Will surely inspire young audiences."
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