Childrena s book describes epic sled-dog race

A lack of tough literary heroines for the youngest readers prompted a Bellingham writer’s book, “Stubborn Gal,” the true story of a young woman who competed in her first Alaskan sled dog race – a grueling 60-mile run – and won. Dan O’Neill, a historian who splits his time between Bellingham and Alaska, said winners of the Caldecott Medal for picture books dating to 1938 have few with girl characters who display tenacity, perseverance and courage – qualities he wanted to convey in his tale.