Middle Grades Fiction

Middle Grades Fiction


Author (Copyright Date):


Black Star, Bright Dawn

Scott O’Dell (1988)

Bright Dawn encounters the challenges of the Iditarod sled dog race alone when her father is injured. 

Grades 5-7

Lexile: 670 /  F&P: V

Diamond Willow

Helen Frost (2008)

Twelve-year-old Willow convinces her parents to let her take a dog sled with three dogs to her grandparents’ cabin by herself.  What happens when she encounters a downed tree on the trail?  

Grade 5 and up

Lexile: 670

Book Unit

Dog Driven Terry Lynn Johnson (2019)

McKenna’s story is action packed from the first page to the last. McKenna is having problems with her vision which she is trying desperately to hide from those who know her best…. but to help her sister bring awareness to their shared vision impairment, she finds herself participating in a sled dog race across the wilds of Canada. There is some language, which may make it more appropriate for Middle Grades than Elementary.

Ages 8-12

Lexile: HL640 


Gary Paulsen (1985)

A fourteen-year-old Eskimo boy longing for the old ways takes a 1,400-mile journey by dog sled across ice, tundra, and mountains seeking his own “song”.   

Ages 12 and older

Lexile:930 / F&P: V

Ice Dogs
Terry Lynn Johnson (2015)

Victoria Secord, a fourteen-year-old Alaska dogsled racer, loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs. With food gone and temperatures dropping, her survival and that of her dogs and the mysterious boy she meets in the woods is entirely up to her.                                    

Grades 5-7.

Lexile: 690.

Rivers. Diary of a Blind Alaska Racing Sled Dog

Rivers. (Book Two) Through the Eyes of a Blind Dog

Rivers (Book Three) Unknown Trails

Mike Dillingham

(2001, 2003, 2008)

The diary of Rivers, a blind dog, and his adventures, as he forms a bond with man and learns to become part of a sled dog team. Rivers is a real dog and the events in this book are based on actual events.  Grades 7 and up.

Skinny Leg

Suzette Bruggeman (2020)

Spencer, whose skinny leg, prevents him excelling at sports like he would like to, reads Call of the Wild and gets hooked on mushing. Can he take a team of misfit dogs to the finish line?