Stone Fox


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Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine.

Plot Summary

Willy’s grandfather becomes severely depressed and incapacitated. Willy tries to save their potato farm. In an effort to win $500, he enters a local sled-dog race with his canine companion Searchlight. He stands little chance against a disgruntled American Indian known as Stone Fox. The Indian and his team of Samoyeds have never lost a race — but Willy refuses to give up.

Christian Beliefs

The old church in the center of town simply serves as a landmark for Willy as he races.

Other Belief Systems

Willy adopts his grandfather’s philosophy that “there are some things in this world worth dying for.” This refers to his country, nature and animals.

Authority Roles

Willy’s grandfather has raised him with wisdom, discipline and manners. (Willy’s parents are not around.) However, during Grandfather’s illness, Willy assumes the authority role by caring for Grandfather and their farm. Adults in town offer help, too. Willy, mostly, is respectful to them, though he does lie to protect Stone Fox when they ask Willy how he got hurt.

Profanity & Violence

The doctor uses the word darn.

Sexual Content


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