Dog Diaries #4: Togo
Dog Diaries #4: Togo by Kate Klimo, is about a Siberian Husky named Togo who was the real hero of the Serum Run in Alaska that saved a lot of children’s lives who were sick with Diphtheria. The story is told from Togo’s point of view. When Togo was a puppy, he couldn’t keep his mother’s milk down. His owner, Sepp, didn’t think that he would make a good sled dog, so sold him to a lady. But Togo kept escaping from the lady and returning to Sepp, so Sepp decided to keep him. Togo was foolish as a pup and did a lot of things he wasn’t supposed to do, but Sepp loved him anyway. Eventually Togo began to listen better and he was able to become the lead dog for Sepp. Another of Sepp’s dogs named Balto usually gets the credit for being the hero of the Serum Run because he led the final leg. But Togo did the hard running and ran a lot further than Balto did. The book ends by giving information about Siberian Huskies, the Serum Run, and the Iditarod race. Dog lovers ages 8 to 25 should like this book.
Kate Klimo, Tim Jessell, Illustrator
Random House BFYR