Review First Published on Blogcritics at: http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-eye-of-the-iditarod/
Eye of the Iditarod: Aisling’s Quest
By: Hope Irvin Marston
This is a true and inspirational story about a girl who had a big dream and was determined to pursue it, regardless of what happened and which obstacles she faced as a person.
Hope Irvin Marston wrote the 11 year old Aisling’s story down because she was so drawn to her and knew that it would inspire many young girls to be their best and dare to dream big.
Aisling was born legally blind. But ever since she was watching sled racing on television, she always dreamed of running her very own dog race one day. So, when she got a chance at a rare opportunity to run her own dogs in the Iditarod race in Alaska, she was determined to get herself and her dogs ready.
The reader will be taken on a real journey as Aisling prepares for the race of her life. And the reader will learn that determination and hard work do pay off. All you have to do is to believe in your dreams and set your sights high, and you can do anything you set your mind to.
This book also has great educational value. 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!
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth
About the Author: Hope Irvin Marston is a member of the New York State Retired Teachers, the Greater Thousand Islands Literacy Council, the Jeff-Lewis Librarians Association, and the Adirondack Center for Writing, the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, the North Country Arts Council and SCBWI. She organized the Black River Valley Writers Club and served as its leader for several years.
In addition to writing thirty-two children’s books and several adult titles, Hope has been on staff for Christian Writers Conferences at Hephzibah Heights (MA), Montrose Bible Conference (PA) and at St. Davids Christian Writers Conference at Beaver Falls, PA. She has taught creative writing workshops at Jefferson Community College, the Jefferson-Lewis Teacher Center and the North Country Arts Council.
Her picture book series, MY LITTLE BOOK COLLECTION (Windward), has grown to eight titles thus far and has 125,000 books in print.
You can find out more about Hope Irvin Marston’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/HopeIrvinMarston.aspx. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Marston and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. For each comment, you will be entered into the big Giveaway at the end of the tour.
In addition, come listen on February 6, 2012 to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork. The hosts VS Grenier and Irene Roth will be chatting with Hope Irvin Marston about her books, writing, the publishing industry and experiences. The show will air live February 6, 2012 at 2pm EST. You can listen/call in at (714) 242-5259. (Note: if you can’t make the show, you can listen on demand at the same link.)