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Author Terry Lynn Johnson Author Terry Lynn Johnson

Dog Driven

Dog Driven

Coming December 3, 2019 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A 14-year-old girl with a secret sight impairment enters a dogsled race following the historic Canadian dog sled mail run route along the north shore of Lake Superior.

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I’ve been wanting to write a novel set near my home for years. The historic dogsled mail run has a rich history in Canada. It was important to burgeoning northern communities, much like the Pony Express in the US. My research uncovered heroic stories, tragedy, adventure, and even a few gangsters!

I also wanted to write about a character with a vision impairment, because of my scary, personal struggle with vision issues this past year.

But the most important parts for me to write are always the relationships between a musher and their sled dogs. In Dog Driven, there are teams of sled dogs each with their own unique characters. I can’t wait for you to meet them.

Dog Driven
A sled dog team in Michipicoten, 1920. Photo courtesy of the Town of Wawa Heritage Committee.

Terry Lynn Johnson--Sled Dog School

Ontario Arts Council

I gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council for providing me a grant to write this novel.