Book Review: Balto And The Great Race

Balto And The Great Race
Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
 Juvenile Fiction 
Random House Childrens Books


Recommended Audience: grades 1-4, people who like fast-paced adventure.

Summary: This novelization is based loosely on the true story of Balto. Balto was living a peaceful life as a sled dog until dozens of children in Nome, Alaska became sick with diptheria. Balto had to race to get the serum to the children before they would get worse or die. It was 650 miles of brutal weather and obstacles.

Reaction: This book makes the reader want to research more about the true story of Balto. Balto was determined and that is a trait everyone should have.

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Megan is a middle school student in Hunterdon County. She enjoys spending time teaching her parakeet Blueberry new sounds and letting him fly onto her shoulder. When she isn't playing with Blueberry, she is often chasing her mutt Pepsi around the yard and teaching her fun, new tricks. Megan's goals include creating a hotel for homeless dogs so that they are comfortable and safe until they are adopted and educating people about the importance of spaying/neutering. Her accomplishments include having a birthday party in which guests donated items to a local shelter in lieu of gifts, periodically using her own money to shop frugally for items for a local shelter, educating her peers about the importance of spaying and neutering (based on MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech), donating items to the HarnessLife yard sale, and, most recently, writing book reviews for HarnessLife. Megan doesn't just "flip out" about the pet overpopulation problem; she is also a JOGA level 5 competitive gymnast. She is thrilled to be a volunteer for HarnessLife and hopes that she will help make a difference.

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