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Balto and Togo: Hero Dogs of Alaska

Pub Date 28 Nov 2023

Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Godwin Books

Children's Fiction | Historical Fiction | Middle Grade

My Review:


I was so excited to see this book and it didn't disappoint. I'm always in awe at this historical event when the Diphtheria outbreak took so many young lives in 1925. The connection between humans and dogs is well captured in this detailed novel under 200 pages but rich in information, tension, and action.

There are chapters focused on the humans, but also chapters where we get the perspective of the dogs - not only of Balto and Togo, but of all the ones participating during a month in this race against death. They understand their companions' (humans) distress and how high the stakes of this mission are. They want to give their best even if it means sacrifice.

The author adds a few footnotes with a lot of historical extra information and more. Also with internet links.

This is a great educational novel to homage to the dogs that contributed so much to help us. A book to have in every classroom, library, and home. Also perfect for read-aloud with loved ones.

Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for this e-Arc.

Buy from Amazon or B&N.

From the Publisher:

It's the winter of 1924 and a diptheria outbreak is threatening the population of Nome, Alaska. The only way to stop the deadly illness from causing a full blown epidemic is to immediately deliver one million units of the diptheria antitoxin to the affected communities ––a task that seems impossible given that the only way to reach any place in Alaska at this time of year is by dog sled. The stakes are high, and the snow is piling higher. Will the antitoxin make it in time? Or will the infection spread faster than they can treat it...

Follow along as Balto and Togo lead the way in this race against time to get the antitoxin and save lives.

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