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 Pugs of the frozen north (Not-so-impossible tales)
 Author: Reeve, Philip

 Publisher:  Random House (2016)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 211 p.,  19 cm

 BTSB No: 744762 ISBN: 9780385387965
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Pugs -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Sled dog racing -- Fiction

Price: $17.96

New friends Sika and Shen try to beat the odds and win the Great Northern Race--in a sled pulled by a team of sixty-six pugs--in hopes of meeting the Snowfather and having him grant their wish.

 Illustrator: McIntyre, Sarah
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 180552
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 5.70
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 70846

   School Library Journal (00/11/15)
   Booklist (+) (11/15/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2015 Gr 2–4—The third "Not-So-Impossible Tale" by Reeve and McIntyre is about a race through magical snow in a once-in-a-lifetime winter. Whoever gets to the North Pole first has their wish granted by the Snowfather (not to be confused with Santa Claus). Shen, a shipwrecked young sailor, and his friend Sika, who lives at the "Po of Ice," have 66 pugs to pull their sled for the duration of the week-long race. They may have the best reason for wanting to win the Great Northern race, but they have to get past the faster sleds being pulled by robot dogs and polar bears. Just as in the other two stand-alone books in the series, this installment has several unexpected twists. People turn into Yetis, noodles become addictive, and snow can echo, form bridges or were-snowmen, and fall upward. Compared to the previous installment, Oliver and the Seawigs (Random, 2014), the ending here is a bit predictable. Nevertheless, chapter book readers and fans of the series will enjoy this winter romp. VERDICT A fine addition to school or public library chapter book collections.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 11/15/2015 *Starred Review* Young orphan Shen rescues 66 pugs from a ship wrecked on frozen seas and puts them to good use: pulling a sled in a once-in-a-lifetime race to the fabled Snowfather’s palace at the North Pole. Accompanied by new friend Sika and competing against the likes of Helga Hammerfest (“I am always getting mistaken for a man, on account of my size, and also my beard”) and Professor Shackleton Jones (packing a carbon-fiber sled driven by robotic Woof-O-Tron 2000s), the young mushers undertake an Arctic odyssey that carries them across 50 different kinds of snow, over the aptly named Kraken Deep, and past such typically northern hazards as trolls and singing, noodle-loving yetis, to their inevitable, successful conclusion. Reeve’s narrative, never dull, is surrounded on nearly every page with McIntyre’s black-and-green cartoon scenes of snowy foolery (picture it: pugs in sweaters). The properly happy close is emotionally heightened by a poignant meeting between the benign Snowfather and Sika’s beloved, dying grandfather. It’s an effective combination of off-the-wall tomfoolery—the 66 pugs alone are a laugh—and deeper themes, and the end result is a story that is rich in humor and meaning both. Pug power! - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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