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Racing for Diamonds
By author: Anita Daher
Selling Points: "Survival, cooperation, adventure"
ISBN: 9781551436753
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2007
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 8-11
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $7.95
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They carried on in the dark, not speaking. Only the wind and the sound of the sled swooshing over fresh snow broke the silence.
    "Whoa!" Colly called.
    Jaz could hear open water. That wasn't all she heard.
    Woooooo!
    Wolves. And they were close!

Jaz lives in the small northern community of Destiny and is a new member of the Junior Canadian Rangers. Her divorced parents argue a lot, and Jaz hopes if she wins a dog-mushing derby, they will be so proud of her they will stop arguing. But the derby would be a lot more fun if she wasn't paired with Colly, an older boy who is a more experienced JCR.
On the derby trail all Jaz's newfound skills, her will to survive and her ability to get along with Colly, are put to a life-and-death test.
Resource Links - June 1, 2007
"Would fit well into any junior level adventure collection."
Winnipeg Free Press - May 19, 2007
"Fast-paced action and [an] unusual setting, this book should be a favourite with the younger crowd."
CM Magazine - April 27, 2007
"Moves swiftly through a clearly defined plot. Daher reveals a beautiful and exciting place where great adventure can be discovered... Recommended."

Awards

Hackmatack Children's Choice Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2008
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2008
SYRCA Diamond Willow nominee, short-listed  CA  2009

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