If you’re looking for a good dog story, this one’s a doozy!
Little Willy lives a happy life with his elderly grandfather in Jackson, Wyoming. But one day grandfather can’t get out of bed or even speak. Willy and his beloved dog, Searchlight, don’t know what has happened. The doctor tells Willy that Grandfather is going to die, but Willy refuses to believe her.
Willy and Searchlight begin working the farm all by themselves, including harvesting the acres of potatoes. Just when they think life might get easier, the tax collector appears at the door with a bill of $500 — an astronomical sum! How can Willy ever earn that much money and save the farm — and grandfather?
Willy learns there is a dog sled race being held soon with a $500 prize! He and Searchlight enter, but quickly discover that a well-known Native American named Stone Fox will be competing and he’s never lost a race. Is all hope lost?
This sweet story, based on a local legend, will keep you reading way past your bedtime! Be prepared to shed a few tears.
Middle Grade Reading Level, 96 pages, Books for Boys, Published in 1980.