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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,959 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Reynolds Gardiner Narrator: B. D. Wong Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780061432828
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Little Willy's grandfather is sick, and it's up to Willy to save their farm from tax collectors. Their only hope is the prize money from the National Dogsled Race. But a lot of other people want to win the race, too, including Stone Fox, who has never lost a race in his life.

Do Willy and his dog Searchlight stand a chance against the toughest racers around? Can they win the race to save the farm -- and Grandfather -- before it's too late?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A superb piece of storytelling—without doubt the most exciting and moving book this season.”

    New Yorker

  • “Gardiner’s description of the race and sudden climax (based on legend) is fast-paced and enveloping.”

    School Library Journal

  • Two delightful short books by John Reynolds Gardiner have been paired up in this audio set.…The messages of loyalty and determination are timeless. Tony Award winner B. D. Wong narrates the characters to fit the emotion and suspense of each story. 

    School Library Journal  on the audiobook

  • New York Times Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisi | 2/20/2014

    " Loved reading this with my younger brother when he was in elementary school. It was a great story - I was moved by it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan713 | 2/13/2014

    " I think that this book was a pretty good book and a great unique tale of courage and inspiration. Willy is a very brave little kid to compete in a dog sleigh race especially with grownups. I think that this book is a one-of-a-kind story with lots of cliff hangers to engage the reader in the book. Once you start reading the book, I think it's hard to put it down, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fire_Dragon_ | 2/7/2014

    " it was so sad in the end :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 1/27/2014

    " An excellent book for young readers (4th/5th graders). Quite sad though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 1/20/2014

    " I read this book as a read aloud to my 2nd grade class. They are a rowdy bunch of kids and they don't get excited easily about read alouds. This book was different though. When I started reading the book, many of the kids wanted their own copy so they could follow along and several go so into it, they finished the whole thing on their own before we even finished it as a class. When I first started reading this to them (ok... to be honest, before I started reading it to them but after I read the back of the book for myself) I was SO not excited about it. I am glad we gave it a chance though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 1/11/2014

    " Great book for ages 7-9, especially boys. I love that the author didn't read his first novel until he was 19, and always had problems with grammar and spelling. He was an creative engineer-- who heard the legend of Stone Fox and turned it into a great little book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dale | 1/3/2014

    " This book made me cry. It was that good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Scott | 12/28/2013

    " This was a really quick read, and a lot better than I thought it would be! It had good characters, and an interesting story. I really enjoyed reading it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/17/2013

    " Gabe wanted me to give this book four stars. Overall it was a good read we enjoyed together. I liked the ending and so did he though it was very sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann | 10/23/2013

    " This book finished with too many loose ends; otherwise, a really great story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donalyn | 9/14/2013

    " Don, Celeste, and I cried like babies when we read this together, many years ago. We still remember Stone Fox as one our fondest reading memories. Go, Searchlight, go! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 7/7/2013

    " This is one of Ben's "Battle" books and is a quick and easy read. The story is great although somewhat improbable. The text also reads like a rough draft. Could use a few details to fill out the story and develop the relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 2/26/2013

    " It was awsome! But towards the end it was really sad, I even cried! Millie (age 8) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Scott | 1/15/2013

    " I was reluctant to read this book, but I truly enjoyed it! I can't wait to read it with my 4th grade students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron Daley | 12/21/2012

    " Simple and easy to read. That is... easy until the last three freaking pages. Criminy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eryn | 11/15/2012

    " I read this book in 4th grade too, and I remember enjoying it. It was another "you have to read this whether you like it or not. And oh by the way you have to answer questions and do vocab for it" books, but I still made the best of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 10/19/2012

    " We read this out loud with the kids. I'm glad Christa was reading the last chapter and not me, or else I would have been the one choking up in front of the kids. Definitely a tragic (but heart warming) ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 10/15/2012

    " Why is this book so popular in schools? I guess it would be good to discuss, and maybe I'll try it this year because it's soooo short. But I wasn't that impressed. Maybe I need to read it with kids to get more out of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 6/25/2012

    " Jet and I just finished reading this together. Great youth book, I would highly reccomend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa Garbiero | 6/18/2012

    " I read this to my students every year. It is a short book, but full of feeling and it always touches them and me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 6/10/2012

    " I read this to my 8 yo, (with my 10 yo listening in) and we loved it. However, it made us cry, even me. Stunning ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Rose | 4/24/2012

    " Exciting and fast paced for kids! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dietmom | 4/13/2012

    " What a tear-jerker. I loved reading this with Logan--the young boy in this book has such character and great values. Young boy with a huge amount of responsibility-- this book is an easy, good read. Sure to make you cry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 11/18/2011

    " I read this in third grade, but by the end I was practically sobbing! The beginning was slow and not very impressive, but somehow in the last few pages everything worked out. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryalice | 7/13/2011

    " The first really emotional book I let PT read, and he handled it appropriately, which made me realize that he is growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moonianna | 5/14/2011

    " this was just as sad as Old Yeller but also like Old Yeller it was an extremely good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/27/2011

    " This was a really sad but good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cary | 1/29/2011

    " It is anbout a boy who was brave enough to go on a eadvencker to save his grand fother "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oscar | 12/15/2010

    " I thought it was a very good book. It's the best book I've read. I didn't like the fact that Searchlight died, but at least Grandfather was lively again because he got $500. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isaac | 7/28/2010

    " Stone fox is very sad at the end and good for anyone at any age. its about a small boy that has to win a race to pay a tax collector. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 5/13/2010

    " it is petty sad but good book to read for ar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 2/8/2010

    " The ending is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sad! But, its a really good book!!
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 1/28/2010

    " This book is about this little boy named little willy and his grandfather and dog searchlight. the grandfather gets sick and little willy has to pay the taxes so he enters this dog race and the winner gets $5,000 so he can pay theres more but i wont tell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 8/12/2009

    " Something I had to read for school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabbie | 5/12/2009

    " it was a little wierd "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 5/9/2009

    " this book is very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M & N | 1/16/2009

    " Such an awesome, awesome book! A boy who sets out to save his grandfathers farm by entering a race with his dog. A wonderful adventure but hold on to your seats because the author has a twist you won't be ready for! We weren't, that's for sure! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soccergirlmcq | 12/21/2008

    " I though this book had A SUPER sad ending!!!!!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mexican | 9/22/2008

    " there is a boy is going to race at a competition he is collecting money for the race and there is this man ho has not lost any time he always won .the boy won at the end of the book and he was happy "

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About the Author
Author John Reynolds Gardiner

John Reynolds Gardiner, an engineer by profession, has also worked as a writer adapting children's stories for television.

A native of Los Angeles, he has lived in West Germany, Central America, and the state of Idaho, where he first heard the legend that is the basis for Stone Fox, his first published work. He is also the author of Top Secret and General Butterfingers.

Mr. Gardiner lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife, Gloria, and their three daughters: Carrie, Alicia, and Danielle.

About the Narrator

B.D. Wong was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He made his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly. He is the only actor to be honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theater World Award for the same performance. He starred in the television series All-American Girl, and has made guest appearances on Sesame Street and The X-Files.