Togo wasn't meant to be a sled dog. He was too feisty and independent to make a good team member, let alone a leader. But Togo is determined, and when his trainer, Leonhard Seppala, gives him a chance, he soon becomes one of the fastest sled dogs in history! His skills are put to the ultimate test, though, when Seppala and his team are called on to make the now-famous run across the frozen Arctic to deliver the serum that will save Alaska from a life-threatening outbreak of diphtheria.
In the style of Akiak, winner of the Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, along with five state awards, Robert J. Blake's detailed, carefully researched oil paintings complete the story of the adventure that inspired the internationally famous Iditarod race.---from the publisher
48 pages 978-0399233814 Ages 5-10
Keywords: dogs, heroes, determination, perseverance, Arctic, historical fiction, disease, helping others, courage, grit, nature, survival, adventure, outdoors, 20th century
Editor's note: Based on a true story
Editor's note: Balto has a statue in Central Park in New York City. Togo did the work.