The Great Race by Gary Blackwood
The Amazing Round-the-World Auto Race of 1908

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Long before the Amazing Race television show there was the Great Race—a thrilling true story that will grab readers from the start to the finish line.

In February of 1908, six cars from four countries gathered in Times Square for the pistol shot that began the first around-the-world automobile race. Gas-powered cars hadn’t been round very long, and roads were nonexistent as this group of hardy pioneers set out to drive from New York to Paris, hoping to cross the ice of the Bering Strait along the way. The Europeans were sure their cars were superior, but it would be the scrappy Americans in their Thomas Flyer, after braving twenty-foot snowdrifts, bandits, and many near drownings, who would win the race.

In a book published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the race, Gary Blackwood, author of well-known historical-fiction novels, crafts a thrilling narrative of great courage and splendid folly, illustrated with original, never-before-published photographs throughout.

About Gary Blackwood

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Gary Blackwood is the acclaimed author of many children's books, including The Shakespeare Stealer and Shakespeare's Scribe. His accolades are many and include an American Library Association Notable Children's Book and a School Library Journal Best Book. He lives with his family in Nova Scotia.
Published May 1, 2008 by Abrams Books for Young Readers. 144 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The automobile had only been around for two decades and was seen as no more than “an ingenious toy” when, in 1908, the French paper Le Matin and the New York Times co-sponsored a New York-to-Paris auto race.

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If cars are your thing, then Cars - A Pop-Up Book Of Automobiles by Robert Crowther is worth a look.

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The Great Race is a distinct book about a miraculous journey, in 1908, from New York City to Paris by automobile.

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