Memoirs of a Reluctant Sled Dog

Pam Flowers, Bill Farnsworth


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  • Pam Flowers is an inspiring role-model for young girls
  • Pam is respected author of six books published by Alaska Northwest Books and regularly receives positive reviews in trade publications and quotes from niche VIPs like Temple Grandin
  • This is the first book about author/Arctic explorer Pam Flowers’s dog Sojo and is a fictionalized true story from Sojo’s point of view
  • Sojo was a member of the eight-dog team that crossed the Arctic with Pam Flowers’s as chronicled in Alone across the Arctic
  • Sojo was the sister of Anna from Pam’s book Big-Enough, Anna
  • Sojo was the last of Pam’s famous dog team to die
  • There are 78.2 million owned dogs in the United States and 39 percent of US households own at least one dog. An estimated $52.87 billion will be spent annually on pets in the United States
  • CSU’s Argus Institute Data: 57% would prefer their pet as their only companion if they were stranded on a desert island (2001/2002 American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) Pet Owner survey), 52% are better at remembering the names of neighbor pets than human neighbors (2001 AAHA survey)
  • Includes Common Core elements
  • Yet another relevant book from Alaska Northwest Books of value to Iditarod Trail educators who use Race-related school projects to practice their skills in math, science, social studies, reading, writing, technology, and other curriculum
  • Pam Flowers has a nationwide following because of her annual school visits. Pam was featured in Shelf Awareness while in NJ on her Ellie’s Long Walk tour:
  • Pam Flowers was featured on The Moth syndicated radio show in 2015.


Pam Flowers:

Pam Flowers has spoken to more than 800,000 students and received the Gold Medal from the Society of Women Geographers. She has participated in nine Arctic expeditions, a through-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and shares her adventures with dogs in six books.

Bill Farnsworth is a nationally known illustrator, painter, and educator of art. He has illustrated more than fifty books, including the beloved Kaya series for American Girl. Farnsworth previously collaborated with Pam Flowers on Big-Enough, Anna and Ellie’s Long Walk. Farnsworth’s children's books have won accolades such as the Teachers Choice Award, the 2005 Patricia Gallagher Award, and the 2007 Volunteer State Book Award. He currently lives with his wife in Venice, Florida.