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Black Star, Bright Dawn

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  1,015 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Bright Dawn was a teenaged Eskimo girl. Black Star was her part-husky, mostly wolf, pet. Together they were about to begin the famous Iditarod dogsled race through the bitter cold of Alaska. Bright Dawn knew they would win, but she didn't count on the cold, blinding whiteout, the belligerent bull moose, or ice that could crack and splinter at any time. And she soon realize ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 30th 1989 by Fawcett (first published January 1st 1988)
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Victoria Wilson
Sep 06, 2013 Victoria Wilson rated it did not like it
i had to read it for my english class. and i hated it. very poorly writen. plot holes and it jumps all over the place. dislike.
Maureen Milton
A fourth grade student and I agreed to each read a different volume of Scott O'Dell's and I chose "Black Star, Bright Dawn," and I am glad. It is the story of an Eskimo girl whose family moves from the coast inland after her father, Bartok, is stranded on an ice floe while seal hunting. While he survives physically, he leaves his profession & agrees to train for the Iditarod (a grueling dogsled race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska). Soon he is injured. His daughter, 18-year-old Bright Dawn, a ...more
Victoria McKnight
Jan 14, 2017 Victoria McKnight rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! I don't typically read adventure style books but this was great. I loved the fact that through it all we as the readers were still exposed to cultural realities and deep underlying issues such as gender roles (what a woman can and can't do), age expectations (oh! she's too young), and race or losing touch with a person's roots. This book was a bit slow at first and really I think it was due to the fact that I'm not used to the genre.

I truly recommend this book to anyon
This should appeal to any child (or young adult) who has any desire to run the Iditarod. I can't imagine choosing to compete against such extreme weather. In several places, Bright Dawn encounters moose, dangerous and unpredictable animals. I have inadvertently been within ten feet of a moose at least six times, twice when it was a cow with a calf. I never felt the least bit threatened. I wonder if the danger is greater for the Iditarod competitors because they are in the company of so many dogs ...more
Lauren Gibson
Apr 15, 2012 Lauren Gibson rated it did not like it
Shelves: eced-221
I read the book Black Star,Bright Dawn by Scott O'Dell
SUMMARY: This story is about a girl Bright Dawn and her Eskimo family. Black Star has a special relationship with the leader of a pack of mushers, whose name was Black Star. Bright Dawn's brother died some years before in an ice accident and ever since then Bright Dawn has been hers dads companion on the ice, until the day he gets stuck on a floating iceberg. It is when he is rescued he realizes he never wants to be on the ice again so they m
Destinee Sutton
A kid just asked me for a book about the Iditarod and I immediately thought of this. I probably read it five times when I was eleven years old. I remember it being soooo good, but I'm a little afraid to reread it. It's so depressing when your childhood favorites don't measure up to your standards as an adult.
Sep 25, 2011 Jessie rated it liked it
this book was ok. i defiantly learned a lot about how the eskmos live their lives. I also lerned al lot about dog sledding and how it effects the eskmoes' life because it was a form of transpertation. over all the book was good but i thought is was a solw reader. this book relates my life because i almost lost my dad in a hilocoptor crash.
Nov 17, 2014 Sydney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. I didn't like all the spirit stuff, but other than that the story was exciting. The writing style was a little weird at first but I got used to it. It's a good book and a quick read.
Nov 19, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok
Newbery award winning author, but this story seems to be just a travel log. Bright Dawn enter, and finish, the grueling Iditarod race. Black Star is her lead dog, part husky, part wolf. The details of the race were excellent, but the character development was lacking.
Apr 20, 2009 travelmel rated it it was ok
More of a 1.5 star book. Not memorable at all. I read it because I loved Island of the Blue Dolphins. But this book was pretty boring by comparison.
Mar 24, 2017 SFrick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal-classics
All though many others wrote their story of racing the Iditarod, for
example Gary Paulsen, I especially enjoyed the book by Scott O'Dell called
Black Star, Bright Dawn. The teenaged Eskimo girl is Bright Dawn. Her
dog which is part huskey part wolf is named Black Star.
Bright Dawn did not come in first.
However, she did win two different awards the best of which in my mind
was for "sportsmanship", Duly noted. She will be well remembered for
running that specific race by the other mushers whom she h
Ethan Acevedo
Jul 08, 2017 Ethan Acevedo rated it liked it
Very interesting
Feb 27, 2017 Ginger rated it liked it
3.5 for the unusual setting and straightforward approachable storytelling.
Feb 25, 2017 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
It was okay. I guess I just wasn't that interested in an Alaskan sled dog race.
May 12, 2017 Tori added it
2017- Read for school as a possible replacement for another Scott O'Dell book. I think this would appeal to more students (especially lower-level readers).
Mar 13, 2017 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Island of the Blue Dolphins was much better.
Apr 08, 2013 Gale rated it liked it

It is refreshing to have a female heroine to counter Paulsen's male survival specialists. Bright Dawn is a teenage Eskimo girl whose father has trained her to handle a dog sled, after the death of her older brother. In defiance of their social customs, she trains in a male-dominated area of expertise. When her father is forced to withdraw as the village's representative in Alaska's gruelling Iditarod, he urges his daughter to take his place, since village money and honor
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Laura Verret
The third book I’ve read by Scott O’Dell, Black Star, Bright Dawn had huskies in it. What other excuse did I need?

The Story.

Bright Dawn is an eighteen year old Eskimo girl. Her mother named her for the bright morning upon which she was born. Black Star is a sled dog – part wolf, part Siberian husky. He was named for the black star which decorates his creamy white forehead. Together they are a team.

After Bright Dawn’s father, Bartok, survives a nearly fatal hunting accident, he moves their family
When I was a preteen/ young teenager I loved books like this- My Side of the Mountain, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Julie of the Wolves, etc. You name it, I read it. So I was surprised that I hadn't come across this book sooner. I had high hopes for it even though I'd seen reviews calling it short and boring. Honestly it would been a fantastic book if there had been more to it. You never really understand how the characters feel- just how they act. The relationship between Black Star and Bright ...more
Recently I found a box of books that I’d forgotten to open after moving two years ago. Several of these books were by Scott O’Dell, my most cherished author when I was in elementary school. So I decided to revisit O’Dell’s books as an adult, starting with one of my favorites: Black Star, Bright Dawn. This novel follows Bright Dawn, a teenage Eskimo girl, as she takes her father’s place in the Iditarod sled race across Alaska. It also shows the many sides of Bright Dawn’s bond with the lead dog, ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Leto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bright Dawn is a girl who lives a happy life in a village in Alaska named Womengo. The village is a hunting village. She and her father hunt for seals. They get to places quickly by using Siberian Huskies. They have one that is mostly wolf named Black Star, a team leader that isn't a favorite of Bright Dawn's father.

Bright Dawn is one day challenged by her father to race is more than a thousand miles long in the Iditarod. The point of the race is that if three racers get to Iditarod (the name o
Tara Chevrestt
Nov 21, 2009 Tara Chevrestt rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, dogs, alaska
I picked this up from the freebie shelf in the library. I must confess I was attracted to the cover. I love reading about women and their dogs. If there was an adult novel out there along these lines, I would pick it up. Nevertheless, this was a decent read and I learned a lot about the Iditarod race and dog sledding in general in the hour it took me to read it.

The novel is about Bright Dawn, a young Eskimo woman who has just graduated high school. The year I am uncertain of. Her dad has plans t
Mar 18, 2015 Scotlyn rated it liked it
The book is called Black Stare Bright Dawn it is 103 pages the author of the the book is Scott O'dell. This book is about a girls.In the beginning of the story her and her dad is going out to fish and and her dad is down close to the ice were it is open and the ice opens up and her dad is floting on ice so she goes back to the town to het help and when they find him and bring him back his fingers are froze so he gets his fingers cut off. In the middle of the story he want to do the Iditarod so h ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Kelsey rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I did - it was about a young woman taking her father's place in the Iditarod; right up my alley. However, it fell short of my expectations.

There was quite a bit of telling and not showing, as moments when I should have felt concerned for the characters fell flat. And there was an over reliance on clichés, such as the "men hunt, women stay at home," (Actually, many Eskimo women are the ones who supervise the cutting and divying up of the meat). And Bright Sta
Marlene Franzen
Mar 16, 2015 Marlene Franzen rated it really liked it
This book was written by Scott O'Dell. This book has 103 pages. This book is a realistic fiction. The main characters are Bright Dawn and Black Star. Bright Dawn is an 18 year old eskimo/white girl. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She lives in Alaska with her mom and dad. She owns some dogs, too. Black star on the other hand is a dog. He has white fur on his belly and black fur on top. On his head he has star. He lives with Bright Dawn and her family. In this book BD (Bright Dawn) and Black S ...more
Dec 19, 2009 Josiah rated it it was ok
I give Scott O'Dell a great deal of credit for writing juvenile novels that show young readers what life is like for kids of their own age that live in other times and cultures.
Black Star, Bright Dawn is an excellent book idea, even if the one hundred three pages in which it is contained seem a bit short to fully express that idea's potential. Scott O'Dell is such a smooth, consistent writer, though, that this book is an interesting one to read all the way, and treats the subject matter of mode
Mar 13, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing
This book is a realistic fiction, that has 103 pages in it. This is written by Scott O'Dell and has the theme of try your hardest and never give up. I believe that this book was made to inspire other children to go out and do things instead of staying inside and playing video games, this book is like a book that gets kids thinking that they are actually in a snowstorm, or drifting on a block of ice. This book is about Bright Dawn, who lives in Womengo and she goes on a twisting and turning adven ...more
Mar 10, 2011 Alan rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-kids
I read this with the kids. The author is more well known for Island of the Blue Dolphins, required reading for most grammar school kids in the US. Black Star, Bright Dawn is a terrific story about an Inuit girl coming of age in Alaska. She is asked to race the Iditarod after her father is hurt. The descriptions of the race itself are wonderful and I found myself wishing it were a longer book. More serious topics such as race, the role of women in traditional Inuit culture, and cultural identity ...more
Mar 06, 2015 Mckenna rated it it was ok
Author Scott O’Dell Number of Pages 103

This Book is how this girl named Bright Dawn run in the Iditarod. Bright Dawn’s dad was going to run in the Iditarod but some people thought his shoulder would not be heeled in two week when the iditarod starts. So he ask if Bright Dawn if she wanted to do the Iditarod. So Bright Dawn did the Iditarod. Bright Dawn had a dog named Black Star. When Bright Dawn was doing the Iditarod she seen something. When she was going on the trail she saw another trail she
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Scott O'Dell (May 23, 1898 – October 16, 1989) was an American children's author who wrote 26 novels for youngsters, along with three adult novels and four nonfiction books. He was most famously the author of the children's novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960), which won the 1961 Newbery Medal as well as a number of other awards. Other award winning books by O'Dell include The King's Fifth (19 ...more
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