on the Iditarod
Lara Shepherd with Hope Irvin Marston
Illustrator: Bob Renaud
Order Number: WW-0714
I was born to race.
Born to drive a team of sled dogs.
Born to follow my dream of running the Iditarod.
is the real-life story of a young girl with a big dream. From the
time she was three years old, Aisling (pronounced "Ashley")
Lara Shepherd loved watching sled dog racing on television. Inspired
by the drive and determination of the dogs and the people who race
them, Aisling set out on a personal quest to one day run her own
dogs in the famous Iditarod race in Alaska. Follow eleven-year-old
Aisling as she conquers obstacles, deals with heartbreak and loss,
and achieves great victories--all while keeping her Eye on the Iditarod.
Hope Irvin Marston worked with Aisling to complete this inspirational
story of courage and resolve. This book also offers an informative
and engaging look into the world of sled dog racing and the joys
and challenges of caring for and training sled dogs.
pages, 6" x 9", 2011, paperbound
Provided on the official Iditarod educational resources
page, Eye on the Iditarod lesson plans are now available, click
here for more information!
Eye on the Iditarod
into the Classroom!
Hope Irvin Marston is a native of central Pennsylvania and an honors
graduate of Milligan College (TN). Hope and her husband, Arthur,
have been married fifty years. Before moving to Black River, NY,
they lived in Canton, Maine, and Hope taught in Buckfield, not far
from Aisling's home. The Marstons have a Bernese Mountain dog named
Heidi. Hope is the author of Against the Tide: The Valor of Margaret
Wilson and the popular My Little Book Series from Windward Publishing.
To learn more about Hope, please visit www.hopeirvinmarston.com.
About the Illustrator:
Illustrator Bob Renaud was born May 1965, Syracuse, New York. He
is one of six children. Encouraged at a young age by his parents
to draw, Bob knew by sixth grade he wanted to be an artist. He is
grateful to his instructors in high school for developing his artistic
skills and for nurturing his interest in the illustrators of the
"Golden Age". At Alfred University (New York), Bob played
football while he majored in art education. He earned both bachelor's
(1987) and master's (1988) degrees. Since the fall of 1988, he has
been teaching and coaching at Carthage High School in upstate New
York. He is married to his best friend and wife, Mary Beth, and
they have two children, Joshua and Amelia.
Others Are Saying:
best mushers are born 'doggy'. From birth they are drawn towards
canine companions and eat, sleep and dream dogs. The best mushers
also seem to overcome significant adversity in their lives. Aisling
has both qualities and seems destined to become a champion.
Dave Steele, Executive Director, International Sled Dog Racing
I think this is a great story; it has a lot to say about what a
person can do with determination and drive. Aisling's Quest or Aisling's
quest or Eye on the Iditarod also explores the relationship between
musher and dogs and gives a lot of accurate detail about the care
and training of the dogs. It's a long way from Maine to Nome, but
I think one day Aisling will make it to the Iditarod. You'll have
to write a sequel! Good job, Aisling, your Mom, too!
Libby Riddles, 1st Woman Champion of the Iditarod & Author
The messages in this book are extremely well demonstrated. It shows
commitment, goal-setting, family values, sportsmanship, humane treatment
of animals, learning to trust in someone other than yourself, overcoming
fear, endurance, pride in achieving a goal, and we learn some interesting
and relevant historical facts about dog mushing. This story has
it has the magic of three elements - female, animal,
Pam Flowers, World Class Adventurer, Arctic Explorer, Author
& Public Speaker
Across the world, dreams such as Aisling's are taking shape. Setting
goals, working hard, and meeting challenges leads to an interesting
Diane Johnson, Iditarod Education Department