Akiak: A Tale from the Iditarod

by Robert J. Blake

Akiak has been at the head of her team for seven Iditarod races. She knows the 1,151... read more

Akiak has been at the head of her team for seven Iditarod races. She knows the 1,151 miles of Alaskan terrain between Anchorage and Nome better than any other dog. Perhaps even better than Mick, the woman whose sled she pulls. In all those tries, they've never won; the closest they've come is second. In this, Akiak's eighth attempt, the ten-year old dog has her final chance to win. But Mick must pull Akiak out of the race on day four because of an injured paw, and the team heads on without her. On day five, Akiak breaks free from the volunteers who would fly her home and sets off down the Iditarod trail alone, in pursuit of her team, in pursuit of her victory. Robert Blake's dramatic story is powerfully illustrated with sweeping oil paintings that span each two page spread, capturing a fierce and stunning frozen landscape and the spirit of those who cross it. (Ages 7-11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1997

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