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Stone Fox

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  10,790 Ratings  ·  931 Reviews
Willy needs to win the purse at the dogsled race in order to save his grandfather's farm. But the legendary Indian Stone Fox and his unbeatable Samoyeds are also in the race.
Paperback, special edition , 85 pages
Published 1989 by The Trumpet Club (first published January 1st 1980)
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Sarah Actually it isn't the dog's name (her name is Searchlight). Stone Fox is the name of the Native American in the book who is competing in the dog sled…moreActually it isn't the dog's name (her name is Searchlight). Stone Fox is the name of the Native American in the book who is competing in the dog sled race.(less)
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Werner
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids who can handle tragic reads
Recommended to Werner by: My oldest grandson
Shelves: childrens
My oldest grandson Philip (age 10, the same age as Willy, the protagonist of this very short kid's chapter book) is an avid reader who reads above grade level, an interest I obviously encourage. He recently read this book himself, and was excited about it enough to want to share his copy so I could read it too. Being about to be between books anyway, and being interested in connecting with him in a shared reading experience, I agreed. It proved to be a very quick read --an adult could read it in ...more
Seahee Park
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Sarah
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-list
My nine-year-old "assigned" this book to me. We are getting more of that of late...she is unimpressed by my reading piles and I love that she wants to share the books she enjoys with me. This was a book her third-grade teacher read aloud to the class this year. It's based on a legend that may be true (but may not be), and I think reading it aloud is just the way to read it. It's almost too short for me to count here (I would have read it in one sitting if not for the fact that it was late at nig ...more
Emily Beeson
Book Review: Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

I read this book aloud to my kids today, and let me tell you. I was a blubbering fool. I used to roll my eyes and laugh when my mom cried at emotional stories. Now I'm her.

Except this time, Bubs (nearly 7) wasn't rolling his eyes. He was crying, too.

Are you familiar with this very short chapter book? Here's a brief overview:

Little Willy may only be ten, but that doesn't mean he can't run a potato farm. His grandfather has become very ill. Willy is
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Annie Risher
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was really good. This was about teaching people to care for others and try to help them work things out. Willie tried helping out his grandfather and did everything he could. The ending was sad, but I still liked it a lot. Searchlight was Willie's dog, and she worked hard for him. She ran too fast, and it hurt her heart. You will love this book as much as me.
Dallin
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is sad but i don't want to spoal it
Donalyn
Don, Celeste, and I cried like babies when we read this together, many years ago. We still remember Stone Fox as one our fondest reading memories. Go, Searchlight, go!
Mandie Peterson
May 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Age: This is not appropriate for younger children, but I don't think teens or adults would enjoy this much either. So, how about nobody reads it! *pats myself on the back*
Plot: 4 stars
Characters: 3 stars
Writing: 3.5 stars
Overall: 1 star
My Review: As you can see from above, the plot, characters, and writing were all given 3 or more stars, but my overall rating was only 1 star. Well, this book was so depressing. This 10-year-old named Little Willy (why does this kid go along with this?) whose pare
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Luleia
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amber Kennedy
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenni DaVinCat
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is short and sweet. I can see why children might love it, but at the same time I should have realized that any book with a dog on the cover (view spoiler)

It's written in very easy language and would be something wonderful for a parent to share with their child. I sometimes like to go back and read
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Lana Harriman
Personal Reflection - I chose to read this book because I’d seen it being used in the classroom when I was subbing as a Para. Each and every single student, boys and girls alike, were thoroughly enjoying the book and from what little I’d learned about it while there, I just knew I had to add it to my list of future reads. It did not disappoint! The book was easy to relate to and certainly pulled at my heartstrings. The theme of hope, hard work, and dedication are practically my motto and this bo ...more
Jessica
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Tony
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is sad at the end but it is a really good book.
Lauriona
Feb 18, 2011 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
well I have not read all of it but its real good I think you would like it.
Brian
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My 8-year-old brought this home from school and told me I should read it, so I did. She totally gave away the ending, which otherwise I think would have come as a total shock. It was a simple story at a great level for her age. I feel a little silly giving a children's book only two stars, but I think that it could have had a bit more development, a bit more to it and still be a suitable book for young kids. It just felt really bare bones and there wasn't a lot to it.
The two main things it has g
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R.S. Oswald
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sad. A good book, but it felt rushed near the middle.

Violence and darkness
Someone gives up on life and sinks into depression; a rumor that someone “snapped a man’s back”; someone gets hit in the face; a child kills a bird with a slingshot; a dog’s heart bursts

Language
“Stupid”; “gosh”; “darn”

Other notes
A cigar; mentions of the town drunk, who “takes a drink from a whiskey bottle”
Liv Fisher
I read this a super long time ago, and I remember liking it (because dogs <3 ), buuut... the ending was a huge nope for me -- (view spoiler)
Jennifer Mangler
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grades
This is a great little story about courage and determination and love.
Jessica
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i think that stone fox is an amazing book about a boy who enters a dog sledding race to save his grandfather and his farm.
Liam Johnstone
What did I just read?
CaseyKS.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent read! It was a page turner. Finished it in about an hour, maybe less. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next to Little Willy & his faithful dog, Searchlight. It's a must read for children & adults alike.
Jamie.C
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to read another book gret detals
Julie
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transitional
First of all, until I got to the end of this book, I didn't realize that I had, in fact, had this story read to me in the first grade, and it still makes me just as sad now as it did then. Dog lovers will have a hate-love relationship with this story, as it describes a sweet, but all-the-while depressing theme that many books of this type will address: the undying loyalty of a dog, which ultimately leads to the dog's death. Although this can be a bit of a downer for kids, it allows them to conne ...more
Emy
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awards:
Library of Congress Children's Books
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award (Minnesota)
Beehive Award (Utah)
New York Times Outstanding Book
Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People Award

Book Review:
KIRKUS REVIEW

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 CafÉ in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Gardiner's note is not part of the story, but it does reflect the down-to-earth tone and atmosphere t
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Tracy
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it was a good book. But I think it just needs a little more detail about Willies Grandfather.
Erin Prosser
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transitional
When you first glance at the cover of this short novel, the style of the illustrations are very realistic and serious with icy blue colors.

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner is a transitional novel about a little boy named Little Willy who lives with his grandfather on a potato farm with his faithful dog, Searchlight. When his father becomes ill, Little Willy must take over his grandfathers farm, becoming a very responsible young man. One night he comes home to a horse and a unfamiliar old man
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Jessica Vanhemel
The illustrations in this book were very simply pencil sketches, they did add a lot to the story though. The focus of the story was on the relationship of the boy and his dog, which was well represented by the illustrations. Although they were simple they added a lot to the story. The focus was more on the text than the illustrations as it should be with a book for older children.

This is the story of a ten year old boy little Willie, his dog Searchlight and their adventure to save the grandfath
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Chelsea
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Willy lives with his grandfather and dog Searchlight on a potato farm. One day Willy finds his grandfather lying in bed when normally he is up before the sun. At first Willy thinks it is a joke but after a few minutes of no responses, Willy goes to get the town doctor. The doctor reports that he is a perfectly healthy man but has given up, he has no will to live and will soon die. Willy refuses to accept this and tries to do everything he can to keep the farm running and tend to the crops ...more
Nick
This is my second time reading this book and I must say it is a wonderful little book. I was surprised at the ending…again. The writing is good and the illustrations are great.
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John Reynolds Gardiner was an American author and engineer. Born in Los Angeles, California, he earned his master's degree from UCLA. He was a successful engineer before working on his first children's book. Always creative, in his younger years he ran Num Num Novelties, home to such originals as the aquarium tie. He lived in West Germany and Central America, and taught writing workshops around th ...more
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“Is she dead, Mr. Stone Fox? Is she dead?” little Willy asked, looking up at Stone Fox with his one good eye.” 2 likes
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