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The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto

It is one of the worst storms ever--the snow has not stopped for days and it is 30 degrees below zero. But somehow Balto must get through. He is the lead dog of his sled team. And he is carrying medicine to sick children miles away in Nome, Alaska. He is their only hope. Can Balto find his way through the terrible storm? Find out in this exciting true story!

Me with the Balto statue in Central Park

An illustration by Donald Cook from THE BRAVEST DOG EVER: THE TRUE STORY OF BALTO appeared on the cover of the Winter 2006 issue of THE PARIS REVIEW, to accompany a story by one of my favorite writers, T.C. Boyle.