Balto and the Great Race (Totally True Adventures) (Paperback)

How a Sled Dog Saved the Children of Nome

By Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Nora Köerber (Illustrator)

Random House Books for Young Readers, 9780679891987, 112pp.

Publication Date: December 21, 1999

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (2/26/2009)
Prebound (12/21/1999)
Prebound (12/1/1999)

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Balto has a quiet life as a sled dog—until tragedy strikes. Dozens of children in Nome become sick with diphtheria. Without antitoxin serum, they will perish—and the closest supply is 650 miles away! The only way to get the serum to Nome is by sled, but can the dogs deliver it in time? Heading bravely into a brutal blizzard, Balto leads the race for life.

A Kansas City Children’s Book Award for Grades 1–3

About the Author

Elizabeth Cody Kimmel lives with her family in Cold Spring, New York. She is the author of Balto and the Great Race, Before Columbus: The Leif Eriksson Expedition, and As Far as the Eye Can Reach.

Nora Köerber is a children’s book illustrator whose credits include Balto and the Great Race and Sacagawea: The Journey to the West. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her illustrator husband, Robert Rodriguez, and her two children. Köerber loves animals and has two cats and one dog.