Pugs of the Frozen North (A Not-So-Impossible Tale)

By Philip Reeve

With a bit good fortune and a pack of pugs, whatever is paws-ible!
 
while actual wintry weather comes, it’s time for the nice Northern Race! the easiest sled groups on this planet needs to achieve a mysterious guy known as the Snowfather. he'll supply one desire to the winners. younger racers Sika and Shen are looking to win greater than whatever. yet they don’t have titanic sled dogs—all they've got is sixty-six yappy, yippy dog pugs. Can this not likely group make their goals come true?
 
For early bankruptcy e-book readers who're prepared for anything longer, the Not-So-Impossible stories are jam-packed with humor, motion, and colour illustrations on virtually each page.

"A madcap, magical mixture of fluff and different sturdy stuff."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Yet Captain Jeggings didn’t be aware of. Neither did capable Seaman Bo. Neither did Mungbean. They’d weathered storms and sat out nonetheless waters, yet they’d by no means obvious a sea like this prior to. Creak. Crunch. monstrous tusks of ice driven the planks aside and pierced the fortunate Star’s aspects. Slosh. Gurgle. chilly black water that hadn’t frozen but got here swirling in. The send sagged, and the entire icicles that decked her rigging tinkled cheerfully yet Captain Jeggings couldn’t see whatever to be joyful approximately. “The shipment! ” he shouted. “We needs to shop the shipment! ” All summer time lengthy, the fortunate megastar have been cruising from port to port, promoting this and purchasing that. thousand chunky-knit sweaters from the Isles of Aran, a secondhand snowmobile…and sixty-six pugs. Captain Jeggings had acknowledged these tiny canine could promote like sizzling pies. Now, down within the leaking carry, they let loose a poor howling as chilly sea sloshed around their paws. “The canine! ” shouted Shen. “We needs to retailer the canines! ” Mungbean and Bo went working down the steep stairway that ended in the shipment holds and got here suffering again up with crates of sweaters. Captain Jeggings hauled the snowmobile over the ship’s facet. in the meantime, Shen became over the containers the place extra pugs have been snoozing. The tiny canine raced up on deck and jumped off the fortunate Star’s facets onto the ice. Shen had heard humans discuss rats leaving a sinking send prior to, yet he’d by no means heard of pugs leaving a freezing one. There’s a primary time for every thing, he notion. He dragged the sack that held their leashes and harnesses up onto the deck and threw it after them. The fortunate famous person shuddered back, squeezed within the enamel of the ice. Planks popped out of the deck. The mast trembled like a chopped tree. Captain Jeggings shouted as he jumped over the aspect. yet Shen had considered whatever else that had to be stored. “The pet food! It’s nonetheless on board! ” “It’ll need to remain there, then! ” yelled Bo, leaping down onto the ice with Mungbean. Shen handed the smallest of the pugs all the way down to them, then jumped after them. With a last heave, the ice beaten the outdated send flat. Shen and the pugs stood and shivered, whereas Captain Jeggings and the others obtained the snowmobile prepared. Its engine coughed and knotted up as they begun it up. Into its trailer they piled the crates of cargo—but there has been no room for the canines. “We can’t depart them in the back of! ” wailed Shen. “Well, we can’t remain the following with them,” stated Captain Jeggings. “This ice could soften as quick because it got here, after which the place could we be? approach out at sea and not using a send less than us. Awkward! ” (He had advised Shen that the sixty-six pugs could promote like scorching pies, yet he intended that they'd promote in scorching pies—his aunt ran a pie store at domestic, and he or she was once regularly trying to find new constituents. They have been through some distance the least priceless little bit of his shipment, so he had determined to go away them in the back of. ) “Maybe they’ll stick with us! ” acknowledged Shen. He climbed aboard the snowmobile with Bo and Mungbean and the captain. “Come on, puppies! ” he referred to as to the pugs. The canine seemed up at him, heads to 1 facet. Their scorching breath steamed and smoldered within the chilly air just like the breath of sixty-six tiny dragons.

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