Great Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail, The
Miller, Debbie S. THE GREAT SERUM RACE: Blazing the Iditarod Trail. 11. by Jon Van Zyle. ISBNO-8027-8811-4. New York: Walker & Company, 2002. Unp. $17.95. Every March, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race commemorates the heroic journey of 20 men and 160 dogs who, in 1925, braved Alaska’s extreme cold, dangerous trails, winter conditions, darkness, and, finally, exhaustion to save 1,400 strangers from deadly diphtheria. Accompanied by VanZyle’s steely blue illustrations of the frozen landscape, Miller’s text chronicles how mushers responded to an urgent plea for antitoxin serum from the quarantined town of Nome. In only five-and-a-half days, relays of men and their dog teams traveled 674 miles-stopping only to warm the serum at each relay. Ages 7-12.-G.H.
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