The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy

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Most people know the story of Balto, the world famous dog who led his dogsled team through a blizzard to deliver a lifesaving serum to the stricken people of Nome, Alaska, in 1925. Balto shot to instant stardom—a company named dog food after him, a famous sculptor erected a statue of him that stands in Central Park to this day, and the dog even starred in his own Hollywood movie. But what happened to Balto after the hoopla died down? With a lively, informative text and humorous, vibrant illustrations, Meghan McCarthy captures the extraordinary life of Balto beyond his days as a celebrity.

About Meghan McCarthy

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Meghan McCarthy is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton; Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum; City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male; and Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at
Published August 9, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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The story, about a doctor in remote Nome, Alaska, whose only means of obtaining a diphtheria serum from Anchorage was to send a telegram followed by a dog sled for transport, may be as alien to Internet-age children as “The War of the Worlds,” the subject of another of McCarthy’s children’s books...

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