Stone Fox

Stone Fox

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Little Willy has a big job to do. When his grandfather falls ill, it is up to Willy alone to save their farm from the tax collector. But where can a ten-year-old get five hundred dollars in a hurry? Then Willy sees the poster for the National Dogsled Race. The race pits Willy against the best dog teams in the country, including the Indian Stone Fox and his five beautiful Samoyeds, who have never lost a race. And Stone Fox wants the prize money as badly as Willy does. Willy's dog, Searchlight, is every bit as fast as the competition, and Willy knows the terrain better than anyone. But can one boy and one dog be a match for the unbeatable Stone Fox?show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 10.16mm | 68.04g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue, Anniversary
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0064401324
  • 9780064401326
  • 100,009

Review quote

A superb piece of storytelling without doubt the most exciting and moving book this season. --The New Yorker"show more

Back cover copy

A Race Against TimeLittle Willy's grandfather is sick, and it's up to Willy to save their farm from tax collectors. Their only hope is the prize money from the National Dogsled Race. But a lot of other people want to win the race, too, including Stone Fox, who has never lost a race in his life. Do Willy and his dog Searchlight stand a chance against the toughest racers around? Can they win the race to save the farm -- and Grandfather -- before it's too late?show more

Review Text

"The idea for this story came from a Rocky Mountain legend that was told to me in 1974 by Bob Hudson over a cup of coffee at Hudson's Cafe in Idaho Falls, Idaho." Gardiner's note is not part of the story, but it does reflect the down-to-earth tone and atmosphere that pervade the story. The legend turns out to be a sentimental one, and you can see the outcome halfway through - but not just as it transpires. Gardiner makes his version the story of ten-year-old "little Willie," who fives on a potato farm with his grandfather and his smart, lightning-fast dog Searchlight. One morning Grandfather just stops speaking and refuses to get out of bed. If it weren't for Searchlight insisting on being hitched to the plow, little Willie could never harvest the potatoes - but the two of them do, in ten days. Then tittle Willie discovers that the farm will be confiscated for $500.00 owed in back taxes - that's why his Grandfather has given up on life! - and he finds out shortly afterwards about a dogsled race that costs $50.00 to enter but pays the winner $500.00. There aren't many entries this year, with the undefeated Indian giant Stone Fox and his team of Samoyeds as one of the contestants; but Willie and Searchlight have made the run hundreds of times, and Willie knows he can win. There won't be a calm pulse at the starting line, or a dry eye at the finish - as Searchlight gives her all and Stone Fox determines the outcome. And when you're not out on the run with Willie, you're listening to the story at Hudson's Cafe. Needless to say, little Willie's world is right up Sewall's alley. (Kirkus Reviews)show more