John Reynolds Gardiner’s Stone Fox is a poignant and touching story of one boy’s refusal to give up on his family. Ten-year-old Willy lives with his grandfather and cherished dog, Searchlight, on a Wyoming potato farm. As his grandfather remains bedridden after a crushing onslaught of financial worries, Willy springs into action, and harvests the entire potato crop, in hopes of garnering enough of a cash flow to stem his grandfather’s concern. Unfortunately, his grandfather reveals that he owes five hundred dollars to the government in back taxes, placing the farm in dire straits. Searching for a way to resolve his dilemma, Willy decides to enter himself and Searchlight into the annual dogsled race, in hopes of winning the coveted prize of five hundred dollars. But before he can claim the prize, Willy must first derail the venerable Stone Fox, who has yet to lose a race with his legendary five Samoyeds. The tragic and heart wrenching conclusion to Stone Fox will affix Gardiner’s classic short story in the minds of readers long after the final page. Appropriate for readers ages 7 and up.