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Book: Eye on the Iditarod - Aisling's Quest by Aisling Lara Shepherd with Hope Irvin Marston

Book: Eye on the Iditarod - Aisling's Quest by Aisling Lara Shepherd with Hope Irvin Marston

categories: Book, Family Story, Iditarod Race, Junior Mushers, Sled Dogs, Girls in Sports, Training Dogs, Overcoming Handicaps, Overcoming Blindness, Mother-Daughter Relationships, Drycart Racing, Single Mom Households, Girls Who Win, Sled Dog Racing


Hope Irvin Marston

Author Hope Irvin Marstonabout this book: Aisling Shepherd was born legally blind. Before her fourth birthday she watched her first Iditarod race on television. She insisted her mother get a harness and sled so their pit bull Bree could pull her around the yard. Her mother complied, but Bree didn't want to be a sled dog. So they went to the shelter and bought their first of a number of dogs that Aisling trained to race. She entered her first mushing competition, the Pee Wee Division, and won it when she was five. By the time she was ten she had achieved Bronze status in the Junior Division of the International Sled Dog Racing Association.

In 2010 American Girl chose Aisling as one of their three "real girls" of the year. The honor was in recognition of her accomplishments as a young musher and her determination to someday run the Iditarod race.

This book, told in Aisling's words, is a look at a young musher through one calendar year beginning the fall when she was eleven-years-old. It presents an up-close look at what's involved in building a kennel and training dogs to run.

Boys and girls interested in sled dog racing will learn what is involved with this sport as they follow Aisling's activities. Sports-minded girls will appreciate Aisling's you-are-there descriptions of her thrills and chills on runners. So will readers who love dogs and those who enjoy family stories. You see Aisling's grandfather and her mother are also competitive mushers in Maine.


• "The reader will learn a lot about the world of sled racing and the challenges and heartbreaks of caring for and training sled dogs. But most of all, the reader will learn how to be a shepherd by facing whatever challenges come their way head on. Aisling’s message is you don’t have to follow the crowd. Follow your dreams instead. What a great message for kids!" — from a review on

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