and the Great Race
Ages 8 and up; Random House; 1999
"Balto's story is one of courage, cooperation
and inspiration, and personal sacrifice for the greater good." -
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Story: Nome, Alaska, 1925. Balto lives a quiet existence
as a sled dog - until tragedy strikes. Dozens of children in the
remote town of Nome become sick with diphtheria. Without an antitoxin
serum, they will perish-and the closest supply is 650 miles away!
No roads exist in the icy wilderness. The only way to get the serum
to Nome is by sled. But can the sled dogs deliver the serum in time?
Heading bravely into a brutal blizzard, Balto leads the race for
Inspiration: "I have
loved both dogs and snow since I was a child," says Elizabeth Cody
Kimmel. "As a little girl, I lived on a very remote road, and our
house was surrounded by woods. When it snowed, I used to venture
outside with our dog, my imagination creating an adventure story
for us both to live. Balto's story is exactly the kind of tale I
might have created - but it is true!"
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